Mallory Biering, Community Outreach Program Manager for Keep South Carolina Beautiful through Palmetto Pride, sponsored a planning session at the Chamber of Commerce office on Oct. 3 with local leaders, municipalities, representatives from Clinton Canopy, Master Gardeners, SCDOT, and other organizations. The affiliation process includes extensive application requirements that are currently in the works.
Established in 2010 as a permanent committee of the Chamber, the Beautify Laurens County Committee has worked to implement a four-part action plan for Laurens County. Over the last seven years, partnering with other county organizations, the plan has been to cleanup, educate, enforce, and beautify.
Each quarter, a volunteer-driven clean-up takes place, removing trash from Laurens County road sides. To date, that initiative has collected over 100 tons of trash.
Team Ecology began in 2013 as the education arm of the initiative, and planning for the sixth annual event is underway. During this three-day event, all Laurens County third graders spend a day at the Joe Adair Outdoor Education Center, learning to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Approximately 3,500 third graders have participated so far in this event.
The LCCC has partnered with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Laurens County Administration, City of Clinton Administration, Clinton Public Safety, City of Laurens Administration, Laurens Police Department, Main Street Laurens, Town of Gray Court and citizens in Waterloo, Cross Hill, Joanna, Kinards and Ft. Inn to get tough on violators who continue to trash the community. Each of these agencies and municipalities have implemented programs to pick up trash (left by others), educate their children and citizens, and even warn violators of the consequences of unlawfully throwing out their garbage for others to pick up.
“The committee has worked with Palmetto Pride through grants in the past and would like to build this relationship to help the campaign grow and become stronger countywide. By becoming a KAB Affiliate, we will have more grant opportunities and support from the experts,” according to Amanda Munyan, President and CEO of the LCCC. “I am excited about the new efforts to blanket Laurens County with the tools needed to beautify our county. We have an amazing community and we all need to take pride in our home.”
With the new KAB Affiliation, grant opportunities, and community support, the LCCC hopes to continue the quarterly clean-ups while working toward some specific projects for beautification and recycling. The committee will continue to recruit Laurens County leadership and residents of all ages to get involved and help with the efforts.
“A program like this needs participation from every corner of the county and we all need to be on the same page if we plan to continue our efforts to cleanup, educate, enforce, and beautify,” added Munyan.