Gov. Nikki Haley is calling for South Carolinians to keep the state clean.
“We’re seeing more [trash] than we’ve ever seen before,” she said. Volunteers picked up 7.5 million pounds of trash in 2014.
Haley joined cabinet agency heads and activists on Wednesday to trumpet success of a new program to track and clean up litter hot spots along the state’s roadways. Cleanup crews made of state inmates have cleaned up nearly 14,000 bags of trash since early February, when the system was implemented.
Under the system, law enforcement officers report areas with heavy amounts of litter. Crews of 10 to 15 inmates then clean up along those areas.
The cost of implementing the program has been minimal at best and may result in the state saving money, said Department of Corrections director, Bryan Stirling.
Officers are now reporting hot spots along areas they already travel, instead of crews going out of their way seeking litter to clean up. This measure will probably save money on gas, said Stirling.
Some of the hot spots include sections of I-77 and roadways near Summerville, he said.