Gum spitting major target of summit cleanup pushXylitol fans will need to think twice before they gum up the streets of Seoul. The city government announced yesterday that, starting soon, people who spit out their chews on the street will be fined up to 50,000 won ($44).
The Seoul Metropolitan Government’s measure is meant to improve and maintain the city’s clean image ahead of the G-20 Summit in November. Seoul is the host city for the major international event.
The revised littering ordinance will slap a fine of 30,000 to 50,000 won, in line with the fines for tossing away trash or cigarette butts, on any person caught spitting gum on the capital’s byways.
Gum had not previously been included in the littering ordinance because the city lacked legal grounds for fining gum spitters. “Though spitting gum on streets makes the city dirty and is disgusting, a crackdown against gum spitters didn’t go well” in the past, said a Seoul city government official. The need to clean up for G-20 changed that.
In line with the revision to the ordinance, government officials said they will launch a campaign asking Seoul residents to stop spitting gum on the streets, and will soon start cleaning it off roads across the city.
By Kim Mi-ju [firstname.lastname@example.org]