Litter effort sweeps up record

By: By Katelin Gandee - Staff reporter

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg/Scotland County Chamber of Commerce broke records during this year’s litter sweep.

A total of 17,411 pounds or 8.7 tons of trash was picked up across Scotland County making it the largest total amount of litter that was ever collected during the sweeps, organizers said.

The sweep broke last fall’s record breaking of 4,430 pounds of debris.

“I’m blown away by the numbers,” said Chris English, chamber executive director. “I really want to thank every individual and group. I hope we can build on this momentum and keeping Scotland County clean becomes contagious.”

There were 15 teams that included; Cub Scout Pack 444, Girl Scout Troop 1723, Martin 4 Sheriff, the chamber of commerce board, the chamber of commerce Green Team, No Litter Bugs Allowed, Ora Tarlton, Scotland Christian Academy Key Club, Scotland County Sheriff’s Department, Scotland Health Care System, Scotia Village, Smithfield, St. Andrews Equestrian Center, Trinity Presbyterian Church, and the Wagram Litter Sweepers.

Martin 4 Sheriff team took first place in the competition winning $200 for collecting 7,634 pounds of trash. In second place winning $100 and picking up 5,080 pounds of trash was the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department.

Thiswas the first year for the best before and after competition which awarded $50, the winner was Myra Stone with the Wagram Litter Sweepers.

Chairman of the Green Team and Solid Waste Enforcement Officer JR Horne thanked those who participated and helped clean up the county.

“Every piece of litter picked up makes a big difference in our county,” Horne said. “Thank you to the pride that you have in our county. If it wasn’t for all the groups together, we wouldn’t have made such a huge difference in our roadsides.”

The presentation for the litter sweep winners will be held May 3 at noon at the chamber’s office .

By Katelin Gandee

Staff reporter

Reach Katelin Gandee 910-506-3171

Reach Katelin Gandee 910-506-3171