IT is a sticky issue which offends many, but Swansea traders have praised Swansea Council is getting to grips with chewing gum on pavements.
Businesses in Swansea have welcomed a city-wide clean up which has seen more than a million pieces of chewing gum prized from pavements in the city last two years.
The clean up is part of Swansea Council's Tidy Swansea campaign which was launched earlier in the year.
They invested a £15,000 grant from the Tidy Towns initiative, run by Keep Wales Tidy, in purpose-built machines that blast the hard-to-remove gum from the pavement.
The latest clean-up has been completed recently in the Uplands, and manager of Crumbs Kitchen there, Sean Tobley said: "The Council has done an excellent job and it's made a massive difference to the state of the pavements.
"There was a lot of chewing gum on the ground. The machines were here for a couple of days cleaning up and it's nice to have clean pavements again."
The launch also included the installation of recyclable chewing gum bins which have been put up in the city centre and community shopping areas including Mumbles and Uplands.
June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, said: "We want everyone living in Swansea to take pride in where they live and help us keep the city clean. We spend over £2 million each year on street cleaning, removing fly tipping and chewing gum."
Phil Davies, Keep Wales Tidy project officer said "Chewing gum litter is a huge problem. Not only is it unnecessary and unsightly, it is a very difficult to remove."