LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg-Scotland County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fall Litter Sweep are still looking for members to join.
The effort began on Monday and will end Saturday afternoon.
“We only have four teams involved so far and about 55 participants, maybe 60,” said J.R. Horne a member of the Green Committee that partners with the chamber in educating and promoting the beautification of the county.
“I wish we had more,” Horne said. “We put it out there and we were hoping people would respond, but we just don’t have those teams that participated last year.”
The Spring Litter Sweep held erleir this year had about 100 participants that picked up 2,706 pounds of trash covering 16 miles of roadway.
“The Litter Sweep shows that we care about the beautification of our county and roadways,” he said. “We all have to work together to show the pride we have for our county, roadways and citizens.”
Community members ranging from the Girl Scout’s to Murphy Brown employees participated in previous litter sweeps. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Department had inmates from the jail help out on Tuesday.
“We have three inmates from the Scotland County Detention Center out on Marston Road in Laurel Hill to pick up trash and improve the beautification of Scotland County,” said Lt. Ronnie Ivey with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department. “We’ve covered about five or six miles and we’ve probably picked up about 20 bags of trash.”
Sheriff Ralph Kersey assigned Marston Roadway to be picked up because there is a large portion of litter along the side of the 10 mile road. The inmates picked up Tuesday and will head out Thursday to finish the 10-mile road.
“I’m overwhelmed at the amount of trash we found out here,” Ivey said. “I’m not surprised because people tend to throw things out the window and it’s a shame that they do.”
It’s not too late to sign up for the Fall Litter Sweep.
Teams and individual participants can still sign up through the chamber on Atkinson Street. Each participant will be given a vest, gloves and trash bags and if needed they will be assigned a road.
Once a member is registered, participants can bring collected trash bags should be dropped off at any of the five recycling centers in Scotland County: Williamston, Stewartsville South, Sneads Grove, Wagram, or Palmer Road.
The team to collect the most trash by 3 p.m. on Saturday will win the $200 “King of the Mountain” cash prize. The second place team will win $100. The Chamber will also award various small prizes to the first 100 people to sign up.
To sign up for the Fall Litter Sweep contact the Chamber of Commerce at 910-276-7420.
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.