5000 pounds of trash gone after Earth Day event – The Laurens County Advertiser

Keep America Beautiful East Region Director Mallory Coffey, middle, presents the official affiliate paperwork to Keep Laurens County Beautiful’s employees and Board of Directors – Photo by Judith Brown Laurens County, South Carolina – Laurens County is the latest affiliate for the Keep America Beautiful group, and the ceremony which solidified the search to change into an official affiliate got here within the center of a weekend through which volunteers from throughout the county labored to make Laurens County cleaner.“We had no less than 50 volunteers, and that’s not even counting these volunteers from the City of Clinton and City of Laurens and Laurens CPW who volunteered to wash up throughout the day on Friday,” mentioned Courtney Stonell, the director of the newly chartered Keep Laurens County Beautiful affiliate.Over the 2 days, Friday, which was Earth Day, and Saturday, Stonell mentioned a big quantity of trash was collected by many individuals who care about the place they stay.On the outskirts of Clinton, volunteers with Clinton Canopy and a number of other Clinton staff labored up and down your entire size of West Corporate Center Drive, discovering that despite the fact that it’s not a closely traveled street, its shut proximity to meals retailers at both finish imply it nonetheless had an amazing deal of trash.“I’m nonetheless amassing some of the numbers however as of proper now we have now that about 5000 pounds of trash was picked up all through Laurens County, and that’s superior,” Stonell mentioned. “Clinton employees labored inside and out within the outer edges of the town, and Laurens employees and Commission of Public Works employees had been in all places in Laurens.”On Saturday extra volunteers labored in all of the municipalities and outlying cities and communities, and Stonell hopes to broaden the attain subsequent yr.“We’re doing one thing and individuals are noticing,” Stonell mentioned. “This shall be an annual event and we hope to get many of the companies concerned.”On Friday afternoon, representatives of Palmetto Pride and Keep America Beautiful had been on the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce to welcome Laurens County publicly as a a component of the Keep America Beautiful Organization.“It was 5 years in the past we began speaking about making a Keep Laurens County Beautiful affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, and it takes awhile,” mentioned Mallory Coffey, East Region Director of Keep American Beautiful. “Now, for anybody who has visited right here or who grew up right here or who has a enterprise right here, that is thrilling and a possibility to carry communities and residents collectively in ways in which they’ve by no means been introduced collectively earlier than. And so at the moment we’re celebrating your official birthday – the day that you simply have a good time Keep Laurens County Beautiful and formally becoming a member of the Keep America Beautiful Organization.”Starting the group takes funds, nevertheless, and Palmetto Pride consultant Joseph Berry introduced a verify for $10,000 to assist the brand new group with its start-up charges, and giving it the power to additional the trigger of beautifying the county.“Part of the work that we at Palmetto Pride do is help our affiliate networks, not solely simply by being right here and being a useful resource, but additionally giving sources,” Berry mentioned. “Some of the sources we like to provide are grants and one of the grants that we give to our associates is our affiliate startup grant.” This story was initially revealed within the Wednesday, April 27 difficulty of The Laurens County Advertiser.


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