Summerville Needs More Trash Talk!


With our mayoral and council elections now past, it is my hope that this newest iteration of Town Council will participate in productive trash talk instead of the kind I saw happening in various Summerville social media groups leading up to elections. Our litter and solid waste management issues are growing. A quick walk or drive around Summerville and these issues are clearly visible on our streets, in our drainage systems, and on display at our frequent downtown events. 


This year, Keep Dorchester County Beautiful & Dorchester County Litter Enforcement secured grants through Palmetto Pride to hire temporary crews to clean up litter in Dorchester County. The grant recently ended. They covered 92 miles of road and picked up 24.75 tons of litter! In March, volunteers pulled over 4 tons of litter from the Ashley River. In October, volunteers pulled a truck load of litter from the sides of Berlin G. It’s a lot easier to dispose of trash correctly the first time than it is to pull it out from our ditches. These numbers are not isolated. Volunteers frequently pull literally tons of trash from our roadways.