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Updated on November 21, 2019



Put gum in the grey, landfill cart. Do not add chewing gum to the compost pile.


There are a few non-plastic, "alternative" chewing gums. As was the gum base, back when chewing gum was first introduced in the 1890s, many of these current alternative chewing gums use a base of natural sap of the sapodilla tree, called chicle.

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These days, the base of most chewing gums is a non-biodegradable material, a synthetic polymer. Some chewing gums may use a natural, rubbery latex, but it takes too long to break down in an industrial/commercial compost cycle. The normal, commercial composting cycle is 80 - 90 days, but some "organic materials" will take longer than that to compost, and will be screened-out and go to landfill. Send your ABC (Already Been Chewed) gum to the landfill.

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