We would like the public to know that we, just like many communities across the country and state, are aware of the litter issues and that we have created a new position for littler prevention, so moving forward we are working to be more proactive. We have a long way to go, but the process has started.
Those needing to report illegal dumping or volunteer to help cleanup may do so by visiting our website at www.sumtersc.gov/litter.
Here is a snapshot of our six month progress:
- Launched the City’s Litter Control website in December.
- Four cleanup days since June. (5,000 lbs. of litter using 120 volunteers.) Cleaned 6 streets.
- Identified 44 trash dumping areas and issued 9 tickets for a total of $2,000 in fines. Any area that could not be identified was cleaned up by the litter control officer.
- Set up 5 cameras (through the Palmetto Pride Camera Loan Program) to catch littering and illegal dumping throughout the city.
- Applied for a litter grant with Palmetto Pride to purchase cameras to control illegal dumping. Grant recipients to be announced January 29, 2021.
- Seven people assigned a total of 140 hours of community service through the municipal court. They have collected 40 bags of trash that adds up to 4,000 lbs.
- Totals (including above):
- 11,130 lbs. in 2020
- 4,335 lbs. in 2021.
- 140 tires,
- 30 TV’s,
- 6 mattress’s,
- 300 bags of trash.