Last year’s event in October was attended by approximately 700 volunteers, and produced almost 3800 bags of trash, weighing over 40,000 lbs. This year we would like to double the number of volunteers participating, so on April 22, 2017 we need 1500 volunteers. Our county has nearly 1,350 miles of paved roads and 900 miles of dirt roads. This year we will be concentrating on the major roads only. We want to make our county an example of community pride. We want to encourage the residents of the county to take pride in our roads and communities. We can be an example to the state. Imagine if our initiative inspired more cities, counties and even states. We want to make ours the county that starts cleaning up our entire state.
Take a look around our county. If you were driving through for the first time, what would be your first impression? Would you feel like this is a community where you were interested in moving? Do you see a community you want to invest in to start a new business? Could you see yourself building your future here?
In 2014, South Carolina was identified as the worst littered state in the country. Check out the report! We want to take charge of the litter in Orangeburg County and show pride in our community. After all, we have a lot to be proud of. Orangeburg is also known as “The Garden City” and has cultivated the Edisto Memorial Gardens since the 1920s. It houses two major universities. South Carolina State University offers the only undergraduate nuclear engineering program in the state. Claflin University is the oldest historically black university in the state. In 2000 the Orangeburg County Community of Character initiative was established to revitalize the city. In 2005 the National Civic League awarded Orangeburg County the All-American City Award.
Litter degrades our county. It makes a bad first impression and gives the impression our residents do not care. It is an environmental hazard which effects the soil, plant and crop life, animals and water systems of the county. It costs tax dollars to the community as well. South Carolina has the SC Litter Control Association, Palmetto Pride, Adopt-A-Highway and SCDOT C.A.R.E.S. programs to address state wide litter initiatives, but we need to take charge of our county and show our pride.
Percent of people who have admitted to littering in the past 5 years
Percent of all littered items that are cigarette butts
Average amount of steps a person holds trash before they litter
Our goal is to clean up the roadways of our entire county in one day, April 22, 2017. To accomplish this goal, we need you.
Cleaning up our county encourages economic development which generates revenue through new businesses, residents and tourism. It changes the perception of visitors to the college campuses who are deciding where they want to begin to build their futures. We want the best and brightest to seek out our colleges and commercial property opportunities to potentially continue to build the community by choosing to establish new businesses and families.