“Pick Up Your Parks” Initiative Combats Litter in Local Parks and Greenspaces with Free Cleanup Kits and Litter Sweeps
The Charleston Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing and preserving 25 of Charleston’s parks and green spaces, has been proactively addressing the litter challenge. Collaborating with the S.C. Aquarium and Keep Charleston Beautiful, in 2022, the Conservancy engaged 490 dedicated volunteers in a series of litter sweeps, resulting in the removal of over 1,800 lbs. of debris from parks, greenspaces, and marsh areas.
The Charleston Parks Conservancy, alongside partners S.C. Aquarium and Keep Charleston Beautiful, introduces a proactive initiative to combat litter in local parks and green spaces. The “Pick Up Your Parks” Cleanup Kits campaign, powered by a Palmetto Pride grant, offers households up to two complimentary kits featuring essential tools: reusable tote, litter grabber, trash bags, safety vest, gloves, and user-friendly reporting instructions. Residents can use these kits individually to clean City of Charleston parks or join organized efforts led by the Parks Conservancy and Keep Charleston Beautiful.
To amplify the impact of this initiative, the Conservancy will collate litter reports from participants and document the data in the S.C. Aquarium’s Litter Journal—a vital resource for developing innovative solutions to mitigate litter.