Launch of Purple Flag Gum Bins


Mullingar Chamber under their service level agreement with Westmeath County Council have launched a gum bin initiative within the Purple Flag Evening and Night Time Economy strategy. During the last Purple Flag assessment, the judges highlighted the amount of gum on the streets of Mullingar and the Mullingar Chamber included this as an action point in their ENTE strategy for 2018.

The Gumdrop bin is the first bin in the world that is not only designed specifically for the disposal of waste chewing gum, but is also made with waste chewing gum. The inner cylinder that collects the gum is made from recycled chewing gum, with 3 new bins being made from 1 full bin.

There will be 10 gum bins positioned throughout the town and we would like to encourage everyone who chews gum to recycle it. By simply dropping your chewing gum into a Gumdrop bin your small effort will go towards making a huge change to our town. With the development of our new Enhancement areas it is so important that we keep our streets gum free.

Speaking at the launch, Mullingar Chamber Office Manager Nuala-Anne Curley said “we are delighted to be launching this Purple Flag gum bin initiative under our service level agreement with Westmeath County Council. As you can see when you walk the streets of Mullingar gum is a problem and we hope with the introduction of these Purple Flag gum bins, people will make a conscious effort to keep our streets gum free. The fact the units are made from recycled gum is also adding to Mullingar’s sustainability journey, with 3 bins made from 1 full one.”

Attending the launch were, Bernadette Ginnell, Westmeath County Council, Bill Collentine, Tidy Towns & Mullingar Mayor, Nuala-Anne Curley, Mullingar Chamber, Mark Brindley, Mullingar Chamber and Murty Hanley, Westmeath County Council. 

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