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Yes, both state and local ordinances address littering. Anyone can review City ordinances at: https://www.municode.com/library/sc/charleston.
If you see someone littering from a vehicle, you can report them to the statewide Litter Busters Hotline at 1-877-7LITTER (1-877-754-8837). Have the following information ready: Item littered, Time, Car's location, Make and model of car, and License plate number. An officer will take down the information and track the owner of the vehicle through the state Department of Public Safety. The owner of the vehicle will receive a notice that he or she was witnessed littering and they will be reminded that there are stiff penalties for littering in South Carolina. This letter is just a courtesy letter and does not constitute a ticket of any sort.
Call 577-7434 immediately if you see someone painting graffiti or posting flyers.
You can also purchase a Pick Up After Your Pet sign to hang on your private property or you can sponsor a dog bag dispenser at a City park near you. Additionally, Keep Charleston Beautiful has brochures available on the harmful impacts of pet waste and the laws regarding it.
Municipal Code states "It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly authorize or employ any person to cause the erecting, posting, plastering, painting, gluing, writing, drawing, chalking, stamping, sticking, printing, nailing, stapling, tacking, or attaching or affixing by any means whatsoever of any handbill, poster, card, notice, marker, placard, bumper sticker, gummed label, sign, advertisement, inscription, figure, mark, symbol, lettering, name, sticker or any other material not exempt pursuant to the subsection 21-87(c) herein upon any public sidewalk, building, curb, gutter, wall, flagstone, tree, lamp post, awning post, telegraph pole, telephone pole, public utility pole, public garage bin, bus shelter, bridge [abutment], highway fence, barrel, box, parking meter, mailbox, traffic [signal] control device, traffic stanchion, traffic sign (including pole), tree box, tree pit protection device, bench, traffic barrier, hydrant, public pay telephone, picnic tables, playground equipment, or any other public property or on private property except by permission of the owner or authorized agent of the owner of such property"
Basically, snipe signs make our roadways look bad and they are not allowed. If you would like to report snipe signs please call the Livability Court at 805-3226.
Garbage and trash collection is handled by the City’s Environmental Services Division. You may contact them at 843-724-7364 with questions or concerns about residential or commercial garbage and trash collection. Or find more information about their services under the Public Service Division on the City web page. Recycling is handled by Charleston County- 720-7111.
For more information visit their web site at: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/solidwaste/index.htm
Local Recycling Centers:Bees Ferry Road Convenience Center, 1344 Bees Ferry RoadCharleston County Recycling Center, 13 Romney Street
If you are not sure who maintains a roadway near you check out the SCDOT link. http://www.scdot.org/default.aspx
Each entity uses their own contractor to maintain roadways. The City of Charleston's ‘Gateway Maintenance’ contractor is required to pick-up and remove all litter prior to mowing, and we have experienced full compliance from him over the past six years.
If you would like information on Adopt-a-Highway please visit the Community Pride website, http://communityprideinc.com/.