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Our primary goal is to engage citizens to take responsibility for litter prevention, but our experience has taught us that we need our elected officials to support our initiatives, support litter-pickup infrastructure, and support law enforcement efforts.
We have helped more than 640,000 volunteers remove 73 million pounds of litter from our roads and natural areas. With your support, we can continue to make a difference in South Carolina.
Some of our achievements over the last 20 years include:
We also have the Adopt-A-Highway program under our umbrella to help SCDOT. And, of course, none of this is possible with out you, our wonderful volunteers.
To mark our 20th anniversary, we will unveil new tools and new grants to help assess litter, prevent litter and track its reduction in our communities.
We are excited about the future of PalmettoPride. With the help of an active Legislature and engaged local governments, we are seeing our largest participation rates in our history.
Litter is a cultural issue and one that is felt across the globe. In South Carolina, we have seen litter reduce by 60% since we were formed. While we have achieved these results, we have also seen a number of challenges across the state that makes litter prevention a more daunting task to both undertake and see real results. Our population has grown to 5 million. Our highways are under construction. Lifestyles keep everyone on the move. Volunteers are harder to engage. Information overload makes it difficult to make lasting impressions.
PalmettoPride will continue to instill pride in our state, one cleanup at a time. With our Legislature behind us and our mission at hand, we will change the landscape of South Carolina for the better.