Gumdrop – making plastic and rubber compounds out of chewing gum

This is gob-smacking in more ways than one!  First, it seems that used chewing gum can be transformed into rubber and plastic compounds.  Second, it seems there is enough of the stuff to make it economically worthwhile to do this.  And third, it seems there is a way of collecting enough of the stuff to use as your raw material.  How Gumdrop do this is very clever…

First they make a bright pink waste bin out of recycled chewing gum.  They then locate these in pedestrian areas and invite gum users to dispose of their gum in the bin.   When the bin is full they remove it and replace it with an empty one.  They then reprocess the full bin and its contents to make more empty bins.  Find out more here.

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