Gov. Haley announces agreement to clean up SC roadsides

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley (PROVIDED)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Nikki Haley says an agreement between Cabinet agencies will increase litter collections along South Carolina’s roadways.

The Republican governor says there’s too much trash on roadsides, and residents need to be more mindful of how littering hurts South Carolina’s image. But while the problem persists, the Department of Corrections is stepping up collections.

Agency Director Bryan Stirling says there are more inmate crews collecting litter and more people per crew. The teams have collected 14,000 bags of litter in the last two weeks, compared to 10,000 bags during January. His agency’s agreement with the transportation and public safety departments also changes where trash collection occurs. Inmates will pick up trash before a roadside’s scheduled mowing. They will also go to “hot spots” that troopers report as having excessive litter.