Get Ready! The 2012 Zero Tolerance for Litter Campaign Kicks-off this Weekend
Monday, April 09, 2012– Moncks Corner, SC: This weekend, (April 13-15) Berkeley County Code Enforcement Officers will be targeting a select group of citizens, litterers. This effort is a part of the county's annual 'Zero Tolerance for Litter' campaign.
During the event, officers will be targeting littering, illegal dumping and uncovered loads.Violators will face fines ranging from $100 to over $1,000 which can be combined with community service or jail time. Berkeley County's Code Enforcement Officers have a 99 percent conviction rate on tickets for litter violations.
Residents are encouraged to remember the following:
• All waste should be properly secured and/or covered during transport
• Cigarette butts are litter
• It is illegal to dispose of waste anywhere except a proper waste receptacle.
Residents should also be aware that this event extends far beyond this weekend. Thanks to a proclamation by Governor Haley that took effect last year, the 'Zero Tolerance for Litter' campaign is now a month-long event. "Being able to hold this event all month long helps us increase awareness throughout the county, and gives us more time to educate residents about how they can help keep Berkeley County beautiful," says Stacy Harris, Code Enforcement Officer for Berkeley County Water & Sanitation.
Zero Tolerance for Litter is a statewide campaign that is held in conjunction with PalmettoPride and the South Carolina Litter Control Association. It is a joint initiative uniting all law enforcement agencies in order to heighten the awareness of South Carolina litter laws.
For more information, please contact the BCWS Code Enforcement department at (843) 719-2676.
Area Group Recognized During the County's Annual Adopt-A-Highway Banquet
Friday, March 16, 2012 – Moncks Corner, SC: Roadways in Berkeley County are cleaner thanks to Bethel Baptist Church and the D.F. Murphy Family. Their group was named the "Group of the Year" February 25, 2012 at the county's annual Adopt-A-Highway Banquet at Cypress Gardens. In 2011, they participated in multiple cleanups and collected over 1100 pounds of trash along area roadways.
Two other groups were also recognized during this event, Albany International and In Skipper's Honor. They won "Outstanding Business Group of the Year" and "Outstanding Rookie Group of the Year", respectively.
Berkeley County Water and Sanitation hosts this event every year to recognize the residents in our community who work throughout the year to keep our county clean. During the event, Dan Davis, Berkeley County Supervisor, addressed the volunteers and thanked them for their spirit of volunteerism.
For more information about the Adopt-A-Highway program please visit www.bcwsa.com or contact Kimberly Chermonas, Recycling & AAH Coordinator for BCWS at (843) 719-2383.
Photo Caption: BCWS' Executive Director, Colin Martin, Recycling & AAH Coordinator, Kimberly Chernomas and Tom Lewis, Resident Maintenance Engineer for the SCDOT presented Bethel Baptist Church and the D.F. Murphy Family with this year's award.