BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is cracking down on littering this week, part of a special zero enforcement campaign with Palmetto Pride.
Deputies will be monitoring roadways from April 17 to April 22 on the lookout for uncovered truck loads and drivers who litter.
According to social media posts from the sheriff's office, more than 80,000 pounds of litter were collected in March. The Inmate Work Detail removed 80,440 pounds of debris and trash, "more than the first seven months of 2016 combined."
"It can be out there," Deputy Stacy Harris with Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said. "Anytime you've got dump sites, or anything like that, that kind of weight can be out there.
The fine for littering in South Carolina ranges from $200 to $1,087.50. Guilty convictions can lead to jail time between 30 days to a year as well as litter clean-up hours. Penalties for illegal dumping include a $1,000 fine.
"There's some folks out there throwing stuff out of the window...but a lot of the stuff is coming out the back of pickups," Harris said. "Make sure your loads are secure or covered. That's our biggest thing. If you're going to the dump or the landfill, take a few extra minutes to put a tarp on it or secure it with straps. when that wind hits it, it's going to throw it and out and ultimately goes on the highway."
To report illegal dumping or littering, visit here.