Horry County uses pilot litter program to fight trash problem

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - There is litter on nearly every road in the county. It is a problem that was brought the forefront earlier this year at an Horry County Council workshop as leaders look for a new way to tackle the problem.

"It is a county wide issue we have not only issues with the litter being throughout the county but it's even on the back roads and we have issues with illegal dumping as well," said Horry County Spokesperson Lisa Bourcier.

To try to find a solution to the problem, council gave the green light for a four week long $15,188 pilot litter program divided into three phases.

The first phase is litter enforcement. The county will pay overtime for a police officer to focus on finding commercial litter trucks and non commercial vehicles traveling without a cover on a trash load which could lead to trash flying out.

The second phase is litter pickup. Each week the county will pay crews to cleanup litter while walking along roads and by using ATV's to determine which option is best for the county moving forward.

Finally there is education. The county plans to tell you how it is cracking down on the litter problem and how council plans to fight the issue in the future.

At the end of the program, council members will look at the results during the spring budget retreat to see how to pay for/organize a more permanent long term litter program.

"We know it's going to take quite a bit of funding to put a permanent program together and we could be looking at A-tax funds to pay for part of it as well as general funding," added Bourcier.

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