The City of Woodruff council members passed a resolution at the August city council meeting to support Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful, an initiative of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce with a mission to engage citizens in litter reduction and beautification.
Lee Bailey, city manager for the City of Woodruff, is on the board of Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful. He says that supporting the initiative includes hosting and participating in various cleanup events, as well as helping spread the word about grant money and educate the public about litter.
A county-wide cleanup is planned for Saturday, Oct. 19 and Bailey says a team will be organized in Woodruff.
Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful recently conducted a litter index of 59 roads in Spartanburg County. The results from this index showed that the Woodruff area has some of the most littered roads in the county.
The litter index is a visual assessment where the Keep OneSpratnburg Beautiful board members took handwritten notes and then accessed the roads on a scale of 1 – 4, one being minimal or no litter and 4 is extremely littered, said Christy Snow, executive director of Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful.
When choosing which roads to assess in the litter index, Snow said they took into consideration residential calls and visual assessments taken throughout the year.
“The litter index for a particular area can fluctuate,” Snow said. “We will index the same 59 roads for at least the next three years to see if there is any improvement in the amount of litter on each road.”
Of the 59 roads that were indexed, the cleanest roads were in Campobello and Landrum. The overall index score for the eight roads assessed in those two towns was 1.37. By comparison, Buncombe Street and East Georgia Road, in the Woodruff city limits, scored 2.17. Woodruff was also part of the index that included Cross Anchor, Enoree and Roebuck. The overall score for the nine roads indexed in these four towns was a 2.93.
There are many roads that are maintained by Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Department, the Department of Transportation and community volunteers, Snow said. Their efforts help lessen the litter over a longer period of time.
For the Woodruff clean-up event on Oct. 19, Bailey says people interested in helping can meet at the Food Lion parking lot at 8:00 A.M. Groups will be dispatched north and southbound within Woodruff to remove litter from the roads.
Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful organizes volunteers who live in various areas of Spartanburg County to join together in frequent litter clean-ups. Snow is coordinating the county-wide cleanup on Oct. 19. To participate, volunteers can email Snow directly at email@example.com or sign up online at keepspartanburgbeautiful.org.
Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.