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.
Five Points Median Chosen For Beautification Project
The median in front of the Sav-Way convenient store and gas station will soon get a much needed makeover. Spearheaded by Keep Florence Beautiful, the beautification project is underway. The median is owned by Rainwater Gas & Oil, leased by Chase Oil and Adams Outdoor Advertising has the easement rights to the property. This is the first time Keep Florence Beautiful has had the pleasure of working with 3 companies at once, but they have all been very supportive of the project.
Funded by a Keep South Carolina Beautiful Affiliate Grant awarded by Palmetto Pride, cleanup efforts to remove overgrown vegetation are already underway with completion expected by the end of October. The original plans for the project called for a complete overhaul of the median including concrete work. “Unfortunately, we only received partial funding from PalmettoPride which meant we had to eliminate the concrete work. The new plants and mulch will still be a vast improvement and perhaps one day we will be able to re-visit the possibility of improving the concrete around the area.” said KFB Board Chair Michelle Bailey.
The group chose the site because it is such a high traffic area. “5 Points is a high traffic area which provides access to I-20 and I-95. We are really excited to have a project which will be viewed by so many people on a daily basis.”
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help install plants and spread mulch. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.keepflorencebeautiful.org.
Media Contact: Michelle Bailey, Chair Keep Florence Beautiful 843.206.3205