Service Project: JWC of Lake Murray Working to 'Keep the Midlands Beautiful'

DID YOU KNOW? $11.5 billion is spent every year to clean up litter.

Last weekend, members of the Junior Women's Club of Lake Murray spent part of the morning "Keeping the Midlands Beautiful" along Corley Mill Road in Lexington. A majority of the litter along the road consisted of Styrofoam packaging, fast food bags, bottles/cans and cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are the most frequently littered item in America. They represent nearly 30 percent of the items documented in nationwide cleanup initiatives.

Established in 1989 to serve Richland and Lexington Counties, the mission of Keep the Midlands Beautiful is "to engage, inspire and educate the Midlands to invest in our community through litter prevention, recycling and beautification." The non-profit was able to supply the club with safety vests and bags for pick-up.

Curious about litter laws in South Carolina? Here's a link. Littering can be expensive. Fines can be as high as $1,000.

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