Berkeley County officials want you to keep your butt inside your car.

The county is cracking down on litterbugs as part of the annual Zero Tolerance for Litter Campaign. Officers are targeting violators for littering, illegal dumping and transporting uncovered loads.

They also are trying to raise public awareness, according to Johanna R. Cooper, community relations manager for Berkeley County Water & Sanitation.

The agency wants to remind residents that:

Cigarette butts are litter.

All waste should be properly secured and/or covered during transport.

It is illegal to dispose of waste anywhere except a proper waste receptacle.

Zero Tolerance for Litter is a monthlong statewide campaign that is held in conjunction with PalmettoPride, the South Carolina Litter Control Association and local agencies.

Violators in Berkeley County face fines ranging from $100 to more than $1,000, which can be combined with community service or jail time. Berkeley County's Code Enforcement officers have a 99 percent conviction rate on tickets for litter violations, according to Cooper.

For more information, contact Berkeley County Water & Sanitation Code Enforcement Department at 719-2676 or visit

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