Message from the Executive Director

PalmettoPride supports a litter-free South Carolina. With COVID-19, we know that there are concerns about litter pickup events. With the right tools and safety precautions, litter pickup events are a good way to build self-esteem and community pride.

YES! You can clean up!

We have always stressed that safety is first. Volunteers are equipped with vests, gloves and bags. Grabbers are encouraged and often provided.

Redefine your scope. We are not in a place where large group cleanups should be planned, but individual and small groups can certainly take advantage of long summer days.

While we are socially distancing ourselves, we need to find ways to stay busy and active. Adopt your route. Take a walk or take a jog, pick up litter along the way. Adding litter pickup to your routine will challenge your body and mind.

You can and should be selective in what you pick up. Do not pick up broken bottles, sharp objects, PPE.

Adopt a storm drain. Storm drains are important to remove debris as they go directly into the water system. If you see storm drains that are covered with silt, pine straw or trash, please remove the debris.

Check your own yard. Before a storm, please take the time to pick up small items, sports equipment, light weight items that can easily be carried off into the wind.

Can’t get out to pick up litter? You can still be an active participant by educating your friends and neighbors about proper disposal. Share tips on your neighborhood’s communications website or social media page.

Be a responsible citizen of SC and don’t litter. If you’re participating in litter pickups, be sure to use gloves and a pickup stick when possible. Remember to social distance from each other and wash your hands after each cleanup.

Remember… always wash your hands and change your clothes after a litter pickup event. Even before COVID-19, this was an important part of your safety routine.

The general safety rules provided by the CDC apply:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before eating or preparing food.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

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