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Bluffton Volunteers Comb the Area for Litter in the State Ranked Dirtiest in Nation

Bluffton Volunteers Comb the Area for Litter in the State Ranked Dirtiest in Nation

BLUFFTON, S.C. - Trash bags filled with broken glass, shredded papers, and dusty cardboard gave litter sweepers a hard day’s work in Bluffton.

“It's just really sad to see that, because this is the only earth we have and we need to treat it that way," said May River Cleanup volunteer Paige Castle.

Castle offered up her Saturday morning to put an end to some roadside trash she calls a threat to the precious May River.

“When you're actually walking around, you can notice the smaller trash and litter," she says.

The effort is part of an annual service day to pick up litter along Bluffton roads and in the May River. The town wants to ensure Bluffton cans its trash.

“Unfortunately, if people aren't careful with securing debris in the back of their trucks or unfortunately, some people still throw trash out of their windows of their cars, eventually the wind and water will wash that into our rivers. So, we do still have some debris out there that needs to be picked up," Kim Jones with the town’s storm water management team said.

This year’s cleanup struck a chord with some volunteers reeling from a ranking that names South Carolina dirtiest in the country in terms of litter.

"That really is appalling to me, but I can also kind of see that," Castle says.

Castle is starting to believe it with her own eyes, but some lawmakers aren’t easily convinced.

"Obviously, they didn't come down here and grade this area. The environmental consciousness in the low country of South Carolina is the absolute opposite of what that scorecard may say," State Representative Weston Newton said.

The ranking falls in the American State Litter Scorecard’s 2014 order. The author blames filth on the lack of statewide recycling laws, and a larger population of young folks he claims do not mind Mother Nature.

However, crowds of young people and college students put in their time Saturday morning to turn it around.

Castle has a message for the owners of the garbage discarded along Burnt Church Road.

"I would make sure that they know that I'm picking up their trash," she said.

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