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Keep Horry County Beautiful makes big announcement

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Keep Horry County Beautiful quarterly meeting is Tuesday. The committee will meet with volunteer coordinators to discuss future goals and what is needed to improve beautification and litter cleanup efforts in the county.

The meeting is at 2:30 p.m. at the Horry County Government and Justice Center in Conway. It is open to the public and an opportunity to learn more about how you can volunteer to keep the county clear of litter.

“We’re trying to change behavior in the county to stop littering,” says Bo Ives, the committee’s vice chairman. “And to think about the beautification of our area so that if the beautification is on their mind, they won’t throw the litter out the window – realizing the impact it has on the appearance.”

Tuesday, the committee will also officially announce November 7 as the county-wide cleanup date. The county provides some funding and crews for clean-up at the gateways. But this event is a massive effort to get volunteers from all over the county involved in taking ownership of your neighborhoods and county roads.

Keep Horry County Beautiful has three main goals: to encourage volunteers for litter pickup, beautification efforts, and education. Now a new private group is going to help support all those efforts. The committee is going to announce at Tuesday’s quarterly meeting that it is establishing a private organization called Friends of Keep Horry County Beautiful.

This group is going to be an effort outside of Horry County government. The main goal for the private Friends group will be to seek funding to help back up all the work the original government committee gets rolling. Ives says getting new plants planted is only the first step. The expensive part is providing consistent maintenance, and that's where this Friends group comes in.

“How do we fund the ongoing maintenance?” Ives asks. “Carolina Forest is challenged right now with going into an area and keeping up an area that’s already been planted. If we didn’t do that, the county just doesn’t have the facility to take that on.”

The county can't provide more litter clean-up unless it's using more of your tax dollars. So keeping this private group separate from the government committee, but in full support of the committee, will save you and your neighborhood in the long run.

If you’re interested in getting involved with cleanup efforts through Keep Horry County Beautiful, reach out to the committee or come to Tuesday’s meeting. The committee can help your group plan when is best to schedule a cleanup, how to get police support for traffic control, and where to drop off all that trash.

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