The community showed its support of the Orangeburg County Litter Challenge the week of April 1-7, manning 44 teams that picked up more than 11 tons of trash.
County officials held the initiative to bring more awareness – and participation – in helping to create solutions to the litter problem.
"The county is very pleased with the turnout and the effort that the citizens of the county have made to clean up. Our group is working on scheduling another cleanup around the end of September or the beginning of October," Lt. Marie Canty of Orangeburg County Litter Control said.
The teams collected more than 20,000 items, including tires, during the challenge, with the garbage weighing an estimated 11 tons - and counting.
"We still have not collected all the bags or got the weight off of the dumpsters that the Edisto Drive community used," Canty said.
Bishop Donald Oliver, pastor of Edisto Drive Church of God, said the Concerned Citizens of Edisto Drive organized and held its second annual community cleanup day on April 7 in tandem with the countywide cleanup initiative.
Approximately 45 volunteers canvassed area streets and collected more than 150 bags of garbage, Oliver said.
"That's really just one small portion. We still didn't hit all of Edisto Drive. We're considering every other month to do this type of initiative so we can keep up the momentum," he said.
"All (participating) groups will be recognized by County Council," Canty said.
County Planning Director Richard Hall has said certificates would also be given to those who participated in the cleanup. He said he hoped the initiative will be the beginning of a grassroots movement to combat the litter epidemic here.