Keep Florence Beautiful is about to tackle a different form of litter in the community: pet waste. Funded in part by a grant from PalmettoPride, the “Clean Water, Clean Yards, Clean Shoes” campaign seeks to educate citizens about the negative impacts of pet waste. “The ultimate goal of the project is to increase the number of people picking up after their pets,” said KFB Board Chair Michelle Bailey.
Pet waste is unattractive and has a certain “yuck” factor that deters people from using public spaces. Pet waste also contains bacteria, viruses, and parasites that may be transported to local waterways during rain events which could lead to illness in pets or humans that ingest the water. “It’s a bigger problem than people realize,” Bailey said. “In Florence County alone, it is estimated that more than 2.8 tons of pet waste are left on the ground each day.”
In an effort to promote proper disposal of pet waste disposal, 15 pet waste stations are available to homeowners associations, neighborhood associations, and public parks through an application process. Organizations interested in receiving a pet waste station should complete the application/agreement form.
In addition to the pet waste stations, portable pet waste dispensers along with an educational brochure from the Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium have been provided to the Florence Area Humane Society. “We feel like education is key to getting people to pick up after their pets. The Consortium brochures do a great job of explaining the relationship between pet waste and water quality and the portable bag dispensers make picking up after your pet convenient.”
Do you have community pride? Join KFB for a winter cleanup at Freedom Florence and surrounding trails this Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 12 Noon.
Participants should meet in the rear corner of the paved parking lot at Freedom Florence. Follow this link for a map. https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPnWnTQV0-CI.khuJ-Fw4xje8
The meeting location is marked with a red star. Cleaning can take place anywhere within the Freedom Florence complex or along the trail system which leads to the Stockade and National Cemetery. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.
*All participants will be required to sign a waiver. A parent or guardian must sign for anyone under 18. Participants under the age of 15 will need to be supervised by a parent/guardian.
Join us on Saturday, September 21 for the South Carolina’s annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep. Keep Florence Beautiful and the Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium are once again cleaning at Jeffries Creek Park in Florence. Volunteers should meet at 9:00 AM at the parking lot on DeBerry Blvd. Closed-toe shoes and insect repellent are recommended. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. For more information or to sign up, contact Terasa Young. Help be a solution to pollution!
KFB has teamed up with TerraCycle® to collect and recycle all inkjet and select toner cartridges. TerraCycle creates waste collection programs called Brigades for items that are typically difficult to recycle or not recyclable at all. Points are awarded for each item collected and each point is worth $0.01. Funds earned will be used to support beautification and litter prevention/cleanup activities which make Florence a better place to live, work, and visit.
Inkjet and toner cartridges can be dropped off at the Billy Jeffers Center at Timrod Park the third Wednesday of each month between 5:30 and 6:30 PM. If that is not convenient, please contact a board member to arrange for pickup. Anyone can participate in this project from individual to church, school, business, or community organization. Download the TerraCycle Flyer for a list of accepted toner cartridges.
KFB is all moved into our new home and has begun refreshing the inside of the building. Soon you will notice an Eagle Scout working on the outside railings and steps. We have a lot of work to do so if you would like to help or donate supplies please contact one of us.