Keep Berkeley Beautiful making progress

Berkeley County’s Keep Berkeley Beautiful campaign is celebrating one year in existence.

Keep Berkeley Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The organization started last February, so they have been in existence for one year.

Sarah McCarthy-Smith is the executive director of the organization. “In that time period we’ve accomplished three major things with our three goals.”

The first goal is reducing litter. “We started off with the pilot project at the hatchery boat landing.”

That included finding an organization, the Berkeley High Bass Club, to adopt the landing. A dumpster was placed on site by Santee Cooper to give visitors somewhere to put their trash.

“The trash has been reduced by 35% at the landing.” They now have 11 of 15 public boat landings in the county adopted. “So we’re hoping to fill those four boat landings this year.”

The second goal is recycling. “We’re trying to encourage textile recycling, to keep clothes and that sort of waste out of the landfill.”

Their third goal is beautification. They plan to plant 100 live oaks on Live Oak Drive in Moncks Corner. “We’re working toward that. Officially 4 trees have been planted but we’re working toward that goal of 100.”

The annual budget for Keep Berkeley Beautiful is about $15,000. The majority of that comes from the county as well as grant money.

“I think that we’re doing this to keep our community clean. We want to be proud of where we live and work, and this is the perfect way to do it.”

To learn more or volunteer, click http://www.bcwsa.com/keep-berkeley-beautiful.

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