Great American Cleanup


What is it? Every spring, PalmettoPride and Keep South Carolina Beautiful coordinate the Great South Carolina Cleanup, a volunteer litter pickup program.

When is it? Annually, March through May

Why should you do it? The Great South Carolina Cleanup is a fun, educational, outdoor, springtime activity.  In addition to organizing a litter clean up, you can also take part in other green events of your choice. Organize a recycling drive, plant a garden or paint a mural – we can help you with supplies to get it done. If you want to clean up your neighborhood and then plant flowers in the median, you can do that too!

How to organize a cleanup: If you are in an area with a Keep South Carolina Beautiful affiliate, sign up with your local affiliate director. If you are in an area that does not have a KSCB affiliate, you can sign up with us.  Pick an area, organize a group of volunteers, pick a day to clean up and request your supplies. We’ll provide you with how-to guide for organizing a cleanup and safety guidelines.

How to get your supplies: Supplies are free to all groups participating in the Great SC Cleanup. Supplies can be picked up at PalmettoPride’s office in Columbia. All groups that pick up supplies will get PalmettoPride t-shirts for your volunteers. Fill out the Signup Form and we will give you the right amount of supplies for the number of volunteers.

Supplies given to group cleanups: “How-to” guidelines and safety pamphlet, trash bags, safety vests, work gloves, t-shirts. First, find your local representative here to sign up with a Keep America Beautiful affiliate in your county. If there is not one, then sign up with us. Keep reading to see which option is best for you.

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Great American Cleanup Toolkit

Kids Club Scavenger Hunt Activity Sheet

Program Press Release

Cleanup Safety Tips

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How to Organize a Cleanup

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