Sticky Situation

It's not a typo: gum control has become a legal priority for many cities

Gum control is popping up high on the priority list of a growing number of cities around the world fed up with the gunk on their sidewalks. In London, representatives from Belfast, Cardiff and other British cities gathered last month for a summit on gum pollution. London's Oxford Street alone is smeared with some 300,000 bits of used gum; chew-goo cleanup costs Britain an estimated $290 million a year. A new bill in Parliament would fine gum droppers $145.

In Toronto, public complaints led the city to measure gum goop last year for the first time. In the 2004 litter audit, 2,000...

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