UNION COUNTY — The Union County Beautification Committee continues to finalize plans for an event to launch a countywide anti-litter campaign.
“Pride in Union County Litter Pick-Up Day” as it is being called at the present time, is set to take place Saturday, April 26, beginning at 8 a.m.
The event, which is set for April to coincide with South Carolina’s “zero tolerance for litter month,” will actually consist of various towns and communities within Union County each hosting their own litter pick-up events at the same time.
Various pick-up materials such as vests, t-shirts, gloves, bags and hand sanitizer will be provided by Palmetto Pride, and each area will have a base at which to meet and begin their efforts. For example, Jonesville Mayor Ernest Moore said Jonesville’s base will be the Jonesville Municipal Complex. Moore said he plans for the event in Jonesville to last from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with volunteers coming to help during whichever hours are convenient for them. He also said lunch will be provided for all those who participate.
The Union County Beautification Committee met Wednesday afternoon as they continued to plan the countywide effort.
“It’s not just picking up garbage,” said committee chair Curtiss Hunter. “We’re cleaning up the county for our quality of life.”
Hunter also pointed out that countywide beautification would have also an economic impact, presenting a positive image of the county to potential job creators.
City of Union code official Heath Gregory was also in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting.
“We are all here today because we see a need in our community and surroundings,” Gregory said. “I ride around the city every day, street by street, observing our current conditions, and if anyone sees the need, it’s me. It is very depressing to see what has come of some of our surroundings within the city limits and countywide.”
Gregory serves on a code/law enforcement committee alongside city councilman Yates Giles, county councilman Frank Hart, Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn, Jonesville city councilman Ronald Young, City of Union Police Chief Sam White and Union County Investigator Scott Coffer.
“One thing is certain, regardless of the differences in violations and penalties as they currently vary between jurisdictions, the need for clean-up exists in Union County, and it starts with its citizens,” Gregory said.
Chief Sam White said after the codes committee met last Saturday, he came home and picked up litter near his home, filling up four trash bags.
“I thought it would take about 20 minutes, but it took an hour,” White said. “I was surprised at all the junk I found.”
Those involved with the planning of the upcoming Pride in Union County Litter Pick-Up Day want people to be able to take pride in a clean street, neighborhood, community and county. The spring event will be followed by another pick-up event in the fall. The beautification committee is trying to enlist as many volunteers — in as many different communities — as possible. Flyers will be distributed at local recycle centers, businesses, churches, fire departments and town halls.
Look for more information about the event as it becomes available in The Union Daily Times and at www.uniondailytimes.com.