On Thursday, Dorchester County cleaned up litter on parts of Highway 78.
County staff and trustees from the MacDougall Correctional Facility spent six hours picking up trash along an 11-mile strech of the highway between Highway 27 near Ridgeville and North Main Street in Summerville.
County officials say trash has been piling up along the highway and say it is important to make sure the busy thoroughfare is clean.
“A lot of new industry will be locating above Ridgeville, heading toward I-95,” said County Councilman Bill Hearn. “We have industrial parks and we’re trying to bring new industry up and down the Highway 78 corridor so it’s important to keep it looking good.”
Loads on trucks and trailers have also contributed to the litter problem along the highway. Loads are supposed to be covered yet unsecured loads make up 20 percent of all roadside trash, according to a press release issued by the county.
Penalties for uncovered loads can includes fines up to $1,092 and imprisonment for up to one year.
Last year, Dorchester County Solidwaste Environmental Services (Litter Control) Officers issued 12 citations and 57 warnings for improperly secured loads/uncovered loads. 17 citations were also issued for illegal dumping or litter thrown from vehicles. Since the start of 2019, 5 citations have been issued.
The county also held a litter clean last week along Highway 78 when they picked up 5 truck loads of garbage.
Officials say the county will continue to hold litter clean ups along the highway.