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Written by Jerry Durgan, Staff Reporter   

Rick Cothran, Director of Operations for Palmetto Pride, last week presented a check for $1,096 from Palmetto Pride to the Bamberg County Sheriffs Office to aid in litter control in Bamberg County.

The enforcement grant will be used for technical operations to aid in identifying, prosecuting, and record keeping for littering in the county.

Palmetto Pride’s focus is on four essential areas of concern: education, enforcement, awareness and pickup resulting in behavioral change.

Thanks to a year's worth of very intense work on technology and logistics, you can now report litterbugs to the "Litter Busters" hotline, a 24-hour statewide litter reporting program sponsored by Palmetto Pride. The program, made possible thanks to the cooperation of the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Public Safety, works like this:

You spot someone tossing litter from an automobile. You grab your phone, call 1-877-7LITTER (754-8837).

And now, there's an easier way to report litter offenders. From your Alltel or Cingular cell phones you can call the Litter Busters Hotline by dialing #LB or #52.

The Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office has received over $800,000 in the past year to upgrade the technology in the Sheriff’s Department. Grants have been used to replace all of the department’s mobile communications equipment, provide state-of-the-art computers for the Sheriff’s Office, provide laptop computers in deputy vehicles, a complete update of the department’s recordkeeping system, and computers and a live-scan system for the jail -- a digital fingerprint process that allow an individual’s fingerprints to be sent electronically, doing away with the old rolled ink fingerprints that were easily smudged or became illegible.

“The Palmetto Pride grant will be a big help to us enforce state and county litter laws,” said Darnell.

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