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Chapel Hill Crews Stuck On Gum Patrol

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The average American buys 300 sticks of chewing gum a year. That's great for the gum industry but icky and sticky for street cleaners. But a new machine in Chapel Hill is successfully bursting the bubble of the gum goo.

Town leaders recently ordered a $7,000 gum removal machine for the clean-up. The machine uses steam to melt the gum, while a rotary brush with detergent then scrubs the concrete clean.

The town's been testing it a machine week, but has one on order.

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