Keep the Midlands Beautiful received the President’s Circle Award from Keep America Beautiful. KMB received this around at the National Conference in Washington D.C. on January 25th. Please click here to read more about it.
Five for $5 LED Light Bulbs
Customers can now order five LED light bulbs for $5, with a flat rate shipping cost of $5. The offer includes up to 60 percent off retail prices and convenient home delivery. (ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, last at least six times longer and generate 70 to 90 percent less heat.) Orders can be made online or by phone at 1-877-510-7234. There is a limit per SCE&G customer account of 15 bulbs, annually from date of purchase
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South Carolina’s Litter Laws
No person shall dump, throw, drop, deposit, discard or otherwise dispose of litter or other solid waste upon any public or private property or in the waters of this state, whether from a vehicle or otherwise.
No person shall operate on any highway any vehicle with any load unless such load and any covering thereon is securely fastened so as to prevent it from becoming loose.
The loader of the vehicle and the driver of the vehicle must sweep or otherwise remove any loose material from exterior portions of the vehicle before it is moved on a public highway.
No vehicle may be driven or moved on public highways unless the vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any of its load from dropping, shifting, leaking or escaping from the vehicle.
No vehicle which transports litter may be driven or moved on any highway unless the litter is secured by means of a covering which is fastened securely.
Litter Penalties and Prevention
Fines can be as high as $1,000.
The court may impose litter-gathering hours, removal of all litter in the area and/or payment for damages.
Even cigarettes and cigarette butts are considered to be litter.
There is a provision in the law that allows authorities to confiscate vehicles used to dump large quantities of litter.
Guilty convictions can lead to imprisonment for 30 days to one year.
Did you know that cigarette butts are the most frequently littered item in America? They represent nearly 30 percent of the items documented in nationwide clean‐up initiatives.
Click here for more information about cigarette litter.
Interested in portable ashtrays? Contact Keep the Midlands Beautiful at 803-733-1139.
Midlands smokers are encouraged to contact and come by Keep the Midlands Beautiful at 1307 Augusta Road in West Columbia to receive a free portable ashtray for times when they aren’t close to a receptacle. Also available for a donation of $10.00 are car ashtrays that fit into vehicle cup holders.
Put Your Famously Hot Butts Here!
Keep the Midlands Beautiful has teamed up with area business guilds and other organizations to eliminate cigarette litter in our capital city. The goal of the “Put Your Famously Hot Butts Here” campaign is to have uniform receptacles in all of Columbia’s entertainment districts. The receptacles are designed to hang on the side of buildings. If you do not own your property, you must seek permission from the property owner. Businesses are responsible for installation and maintenance of receptacles. Specifications: aluminum, 12” long, 3-1/2 inch diameter (sit approximately 1/2” from the wall when mounted.) Receptacles cost $80 each. If you are interested in purchasing a cigarette butt receptacle for your business, please contact Jacq Buck at (803) 733-1139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For thirty volunteers have improved the Midlands area during Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. Keep the Midlands Beautiful recruits volunteers, site captains, area businesses, local corporations and local sponsors to foster unity and strengthen community bonds through beautification and improvement efforts across Lexington & Richland Counties. This local community improvement program, brings volunteers together to inspire change and build sustainable, vibrant communities.
Events like the Great American Cleanup is a call to action to create more viable communities by focusing volunteer efforts on activities surrounding waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening. Any individual, family, school, group, place of worship, business or government entity can coordinate or participate.
It’s easy register here!
If you want to organize a cleanup in your own neighborhood or community, Keep the Midlands Beautiful will provide you with trash bags and will loan you gloves, vests and grabbers. We will also work with you to recruit volunteers and to arrange to have the trash from your cleanup picked up by the City or County. Call us at (803) 733-1139 to learn more.
Report Card–Please click on the report card link to submit the information that will be complied and become a part of next years Great American Cleanup results!
The Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program is sponsored by the SC Department of Transportation. Keep the Midlands Beautiful coordinates the AAH program for roads in Richland and Lexington Counties. Keep the Midlands Beautiful also coordinates the Adopt-A-Street program for the City of Columbia.
Through the Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt -A-Street programs, caring citizens take part in preserving and maintaining streets throughout the Midlands. A wide range of community organizations, like civic groups, businesses, schools, and churches, adopt sections of road in or near their communities and remove litter from those segments at least four times a year for two years.
The benefits are significant. First, the program serves as an educational tool against littering and establishes stewardship of public lands. Secondly, the program helps advance tourism, development and quality of life for all of our citizens by improving the appearance of our area. Finally, the program saves taxpayer dollars by performing a valuable public service on a volunteer basis.
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