AM calls for 5p chewing gum tax

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Council workers clean chewing gum from the pavement // Council workers clean chewing gum from the pavement
Council workers clean chewing gum from the pavement
An Assembly Member has called for a 5p tax on chewing gum to help pay for the cost of cleaning up litter.
Conservative AM Darren Millar said chewing gum was a blight on streets in Wales and costs councils thousands of pounds to remove.
The father-of-two's calls come less than 12 months after the ministers in Cardiff Bay introduced a minimum 5p charge on single use carrier bags. Proceeds from that levy go towards good causes benefiting the environment.
Mr Millar said: "Chewing gum litter is a blight on our streets which is costing councils thousands to remove.
"The introduction of a small levy on a packet of chewing gum can help to tackle this problem and change the behaviour of those who choose to spit their gum on to our streets. I very much hope assembly members from all parties will allow this proposal to move forward to more detailed scrutiny later in the year."
Mr Millar's proposal was chosen in a ballot of AMs - which is the first step for a backbench politician to introduce legislation. Politicians in the Senedd would have to vote in favour of the plan for it to be turned into a Bill - and then it would go through four stages before it could be turned into a law.
Clwyd West AM Millar admitted he had more work to do on how the levy would operate, but suggested proceeds could go towards publicity campaigns encouraging people to throw gum away responsibly as well as helping Wales' 22 local authorities to clean up discarded chewing gum from the streets.
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