Community clean-up calls on volunteers

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - The Carolina Forest Civic Association is using an electronic message board on Carolina Forest Boulevard to spread the word for their bi-annual community litter clean up. The organization hopes Saturday's event will be the largest they've seen since they started in 2011.

At their last event, 300 pounds of trash along the roadways in Carolina Forest was picked up.

"When people see litter, it only attracts more litter, so that the cleaner the areas can be, the less likely you'll see litter proliferate through the area," says Bo Ives, the President of the group who has been leading the charge for several years now.

Ives says Carolina Forest is setting an example for other communities who have started similar events.

The clean-up brings out around 100 people. Saturday volunteers will pick up trash along Carolina Forest Boulevard, River Oaks Drive and International Drive. Two Horry County School District buses will shuttle folks to the sites from the Carolina Forest Rec Center. "When you see smiling kids picking up trash even though it's raining then you know it's a worth while event," says Ives.

It isn't just the Carolina Forest community showing concern. The county as a whole is as well. On Tuesday, council will take up a measure that would make April "Zero Tolerance Month," meaning there would be stronger litter enforcement, and if you get caught littering, you could face up to a $1,000 fine. The council is also looking at the possibility of hiring folks to pick up trash. County spokesperson Lisa Bourcier says a new initiative of litter enforcement, pick-up and education will be discussed at this spring's budget retreat.

If you want to help clean up this community you are asked to show up at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Carolina Forest Rec Center. Gloves, pick-up sticks and refreshments will be provided.

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