LETTER: Hey, You, Stop Littering!
Thank you, thank you Brian Whitmore for your article “Laurens County litter – We are better than this” which appeared in the March 6 Chronicle. It needed to be said exactly like you wrote it. It is so disturbing to see mounds of trash everywhere in Laurens County.
Last year, I wrote a letter to the editor about this same problem. Recently, I have read more & more articles concerning this awful problem but it’s not only in Laurens and Clinton. It’s everywhere along our interstates 26 and 385. My husband and I traveled I-26 a number of times last month and litter is an expanding problem. I am so pleased that more people are paying attention to this eyesore and supporting the mission on furthering litter control.
Some weeks ago an interesting article, ‘Palmetto Pride releases 2018 litter control report numbers” appeared in The Extra, a publication of the Advertiser. The numbers were staggering on a state and county level for litter violation tickets, litter violations tickets successfully prosecuted, litter violation tickets pending, secondary violation tickets as well as those successfully prosecuted, secondary violation tickets pending, and warnings issued. State level fines were collected totaling $119,549.98 and county level fines collected totaling $202,281,75. It was stated that there were 2,811 total complaints and 1075 violations caught on camera.
An informative article appeared in the Chronicle and the Advertiser titled “Gov. McMaster signs Act 214 revising the state litter laws.” In this article Jamie Nelson, Dir. of Environmental Enforcement for Sptg County, commented that “Gov. McMaster opened the law enforcement tool box a little wider for those of us, who tirelessly work to protect our state’s beauty and cleanliness.” Also, in several articles on litter I read last year include “A new tool to enforce litter laws” regarding House Bill 4458 and what it does by updating the definition of litter including cigarettes & cigarette components and closed loopholes that may arise in court. Another Clinton Chronicle article in 2018 was titled “Clean-up will wrap up Agriculture Week” reminded citizens of Laurens County to help beautify the community that we all live in.
In this week’s “The Extra” paper an article on the front page titled “Tarp it or Ticket, clean up days making a difference.” This clean up included groups, individuals and some SC DOT employees who gathered more than 1050 bags of trash. Our thanks go out to all these individuals for their volunteering to help clean up.
A Palmetto Pride article titled“Problem: Litter. Solution? Volunteers like you” in my opinion wrapped up the litter problem in one sentence: We realize for a litter-free South Carolina “Our ultimate goal is to prevent litter, not pick it up”