HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Money allocated for Horry County's new litter control program is now being used.
On Tuesday, clean up crews were working along Highway 501 from the Myrtle Beach area, north towards Conway.
Horry County spent $333,000 to get the program up and running for the fiscal year.
Horry County Spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier says a full-time supervisor has been hired. The new supervisor will lead four crews each, with two to four temporary workers that will clean the roads five days a week. She also says more hiring is underway.
The crews will first maintain the major thorough fares, like Highways 501, 31, 22, and 544. If you travel those roads, you can easily see why the crews are needed as bags of trash, beer bottles and cigarette packages often line the roadways.
Last year, there were 56 volunteer community litter pick-ups, but Bourcier says those efforts aren't enough.
"It's not enough," said Bourcier. "You know we do have a great community effort and we want to keep that, but we do need dedicated efforts alone for the roadside pickup.
The money for the new litter control program is being used to hire the crew, some ATVs and trucks, and an additional component will go toward public education.
Later this month, the fourth litter index will be released that will give the county a better idea of exactly what's going on and where.
"We have seen a big improvement over the last four years when we do this litter index and what's great is they partner with our litter crews to let them know any hot spots, any type of illegal dumping we find within the county.
The county has been tracking trash for some time now but this hiring program is the first of its kind.
If you see debris along the roadsides, you can always report it to county's roadside litter hotline at 915-6987.