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James Island volunteers kick off the New Year by cleaning up community

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - According to Adopt-a-Highway, litter in South Carolina has gone down by 59 percent over the last ten years.

A volunteer group on James Island is a huge part of the reason why.

Called James Island Pride, the group, which adopted Harbor View Road, called an extra clean-up along Dills Bluff Road Saturday, to clear the highway of holiday clutter.

"We figured, if we don't do it, nobody else will," said volunteer and town councilman Garrett Milliken.

Milliken says volunteers often find empty beer cans and failed lottery tickets.

"The only things we don't find is money," he joked.

James Island Pride, which picks up litter at least four times a year, consists of boy scouts, James Island middle and high school students, and other residents in the area.

Brody McMillan, 12, woke up early Saturday morning to pitch in on the effort.

"I really don't mind getting up early in order to help," he said.

"The most rewarding part is to drive down the streets and see the before and after."

The group will host its next cleanup February 7th. 

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