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New smoking laws should bring big business

As a UK-wide ban on smoking in public places looms, the next three to four months should see demand for collection systems go through the roof.

Using the situation in Scotland as a template, where a ban was implemented on 26 March 2006, there should be big business ahead either side of new laws.

Urban Revolution managing director Chris Bradshaw said: Roughly half of our customers are from the public sector, from local authorities and the other half are from the private sector from pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels.

Our first collection product was launched less than a year ago and at the moment we are averaging about 50 units a week. But if you take the Scotland model as an example, sales should increase four fold two months before and two months after the ban.

The law is set to be enforced in Wales on 2 April, in Northern Ireland on 30 April and when England joins in on 1 July that will mean that smoking in indoor public places will be outlawed throughout the UK.

Bradshaws Liverpool-based company produces systems which collect both cigarette and chewing gum waste and in readiness for the legislation it is set to launch three new products in April.

Apparently, cigarette waste increased by over 15% in Scotland when the ban came in. Im sure there will be more of this type of litter throughout the country but there is already too much on them anyway.

This ban will give the Government the chance to create a huge awareness about cigarette litter and hopefully with the promotion of good disposal products we can really combat the problem.

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