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Horry County leaders tackle trash

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At the last litter sweep, when the county had all police officers focus on litter violations, 52 tickets were handed out during a one-month period. | Source: WMBF News At the last litter sweep, when the county had all police officers focus on litter violations, 52 tickets were handed out during a one-month period. | Source: WMBF News

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - County leaders have funding for an official litter program. The program aims to combat a growing issue that leaders say has to be dealt with every day.

Right now, a pilot program is still in place. The county is working in teams of three to pick up trash every two weeks, but they admit it's not enough. They're ready to see this pilot program take off in full force.

Now that the money needed is secured, the county can put more hands on deck. The plan is to put together four teams, which means more employees will be hired; new equipment will also be purchased. Even though the project is set to start for fiscal year 2015, county leaders see this as a way to get the ball rolling.

It's not just the trash problem needs to be fixed, overgrown landscaping has become another issue. The county says if the medians on Carolina Forest Boulevard are not maintained they may take out all the shrubs and trees in the area. So, the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest  is taking matters into their own hands. They're raising money to make sure the area remains appealing to the eye.

"It sets us apart, draws visitors, draws patrons. It makes it more welcoming. So that's why it's such an important issue to maintain them," says Dr. Kevin Kristick with the Carolina Forest Rotary Club.

Our visitors are another big reason why the county is pushing to end the litter problem. The main focus will be on highways, especially on US-501 because if you drive down the road, you're likely to see garbage.

Now that Horry County has put a new focus on picking up highway litter, you can bet there will be an additional focus by police and fellow drivers on those who are doing the littering.

Littering in South Carolina, comes at a cost. Jail time, community service or a minimum fine of $200, for just one piece of trash. When you add up the court fees, you could even be forced to shell out more than $1,000.

If you think you won't get a ticket, you're wrong. At the last litter sweep, when the county had all police officers focus on litter violations, 52 tickets were handed out during a one-month period.

Horry County Police are hopeful bringing this to the public's attention, will cut down on the number of violators.

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