PalmettoPride Celebrates 2023 Earth Day

Columbia, SC (April 22, 2023) — For over 50 years and across the globe, people have celebrated our Planet Earth and demonstrated support for protecting our environment on April 22nd. South Carolinians are no different. Keep South Carolina Beautiful affiliates and many other organizations host Earth Day events and litter cleanups to commemorate the holiday. Across South Carolina, law enforcement agencies host community events to observe Zero Tolerance for Litter Month, which is a campaign that takes place annually during April and intends to better educate our public on our state’s litter laws.

To celebrate 2023 Earth Day, PalmettoPride will embark on Phase 2 of its statewide WATERGOAT project. Throughout the week of April 24th, PalmettoPride will install ten additional WATERGOAT Trash Collection Systems in Greenwood, Richland, Spartanburg, York, and Horry Counties.

In 2022, PalmettoPride announced a special grant to fund 25 WATERGOATS across South Carolina. PalmettoPride is a proud provider of WATERGOAT trash collection systems, which are ideal for streams, canals and other small bodies of water. WATERGOATs stop trash and debris from flowing waters, thus preventing litter and plastic from entering our oceans.

WATERGOAT been preventing trash from entering big waters since 2006. Nearly 200 systems have been deployed in public waterways. Conservative data indicates that the WATERGOAT fleet has prevented well over 322 tons of debris from ever getting close to the ocean. The systems are created specific for each location and can be emptied on average within two hours. PalmettoPride is actively working with with Keep South Carolina Beautiful affiliates, environmental protection organizations, state and local governments and other related industries to install and maintain these trash collection devices.

For more information about WATERGOATs, contact PalmettoPride Special Projects Manager Joseph Berry at

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