LAURINBURG —Organizers of this year’s Fall Litter Sweep will have more participants and cash prizes for the anti-litter campaign.
The Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce annual Fall Litter Sweep will be held Sept. 12-17.
Anyone can participate and the group that collects the most litter will be crowned “king of the mountain.” This year the Green Team plans to have more participants.
“I hope there will be an even bigger turnout this fall than we had in the spring and hopefully St. Andrews University students can get involved,” said Hannah Wilson, marketing support coordinator for the chamber.
A $200 prize will be awarded to the team that collects the most litter and $100 will be given to the team who finishes second.
This past spring, participants collect 2,685 pounds of litter combined from April 4-9.
“The participation was outstanding and greatly appreciated, we hope to see more teams and involvement for the Fall Litter Sweep so we can keep Scotland County clean and green,” Chris English, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce said.
Rodney Byrd, chairman of the Green Team, said it is good to have community taking pride in the beautification of the county.
“This is the time of year where we see a lot of new faces in and around Scotland County with the festivals, parades and events,” Byrd said. “We want to make sure we are looking our best and we want to continue to encourage our residents to be diligent with their recycling efforts.”
The Young Professionals Network and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office were the spring winners of the litter sweep.
The sheriff’s office managed to collect 420 pounds of litter while the YPN collected 655 pounds of litter. The two teams combined collected more than 1,075 bags of litter.
Members of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Green Committee encourage everyone to help combat litter during the bi-annual litter sweep.