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Do you throw gum in the wrong bin at work? See how you compare here

Outside work, dropping gum can cost you a €150 fine.

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AS IN MOST JOBS, sometimes things get busy and exactly where you put your rubbish (or dishes for that matter) becomes second priority over getting everything done on time.

But as pressure builds for us to do more for the environment both as a nation and as individuals, it’s worth having a think about our habits in every sphere. Whether that’s when we’re out and about or at work, we want to get the real picture of your habits.

So, tell us – are you guilty of putting 25 or so cups a month into a landfill? Does your chewing gum always end up in the general bin or sometimes does the paper you wrapped it in slip into the recycling?

Give us a picture of your habits of work by using the interactive sliders below. First up… Let’s look at your busy morning and the waste it tends to generate.

RISE AND GRIND

How likely would you be to get a coffee in a disposable cup during your average work day, 10 being very likely?

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GOOD ON PAPER

How likely are you to put paper you’re done with in the recycle bin, 10 being very likely?

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WORKING IT

On a scale of 1-10, how likely would you be to urge your colleagues to recycle more, 10 being very likely?

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CHEW OVER IT

How likely would you be to use chewing gum at work, 10 being very likely?

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So, what about the afternoon? What do you tend to do with the chewing gum you sometimes reach for after lunch? Do you sometimes forget to gather your rubbish when you’re in the park for lunch? Tell us your experiences using the slider ratings below.

GUMMING UP

Be honest, how likely are you to stick gum under a table, desk or chair, 10 being very likely?

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BOWLED OVER

How likely are you to end up using one-use plastic when ordering your lunch, 10 being very likely?

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PARK LIFE

When you eat outside, how likely would you be to throw your rubbish in the bin, 10 being very likely?

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GET THE WRAP

On the way home from work, how likely are you to drop something on the ground e.g. a bus ticket or chocolate wrapper?

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No matter how busy you are at work, you should always make time to bin your gum when you’re done. Did you know that by incorrectly disposing of gum, you’re not only littering, but breaking the law? So do the decent thing – bin your gum, and avoid a €150 fine. For more information, visit gumlittertaskforce.ie.

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