With almost 700 people volunteering in Saturday's County-wide Clean-Up Day, officials are looking forward to a successful event.
County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn said 676 people had signed up as of Tuesday to help pick up litter all over the county.
"We are excited about the number of people and the diversity of the groups," he said. "It represents all different kinds of groups and crosses age, race and gender lines. It is a really good mix of Marlboro County."
Originally, Munnerlyn had set a goal of having 300 people participate in the event.
"I think it is going to be a success," he said. "I think it shows that people care about where they live and want it to look nice."
The work starts at 8 a.m. Saturday in Lindsay Park. Groups and individuals will clean up until almost noon. Teams will focus on the gateways to the county and towns.
A hot dog lunch, prepared by the Marlboro Humane Society, is at noon in Lindsay Park.
Groups signed up include Boy Scouts, Marlboro County High School football team, churches and other organizations.
He encouraged anyone who has not signed up to email firstname.lastname@example.org or come to Lindsay Park on Saturday to join in the effort.
"This event is not about trying to get free labor to clean up the roadside," he said. “It’s about pride in our county.”
Munnerlyn added hundreds of people are giving their Saturday to help the county and get the momentum started.
"Then it will be up to the county to try to keep it clean and prosecute folks who are littering," he said.
The County-wide Community Clean-up Day is part of a plan to help build community pride while making everyone aware of the situation and to start enforcement of the litter laws. Another part of the plan is to use inmate crews to keep the county clean.
In a few weeks, the county will launch Mine+99. It is a program where folks agreed to keep their property clean plus 99 feet of road frontage in either direction, free of litter.
"It will be a maintenance program where some of these folks will take a small area to keep the trash picked up but also keep an eye on people who are littering."
At Tuesday's County Council meeting, council member Corrie Plato said she was looking forward to Saturday.
"I think we are going to have a really great time Saturday cleaning up," she said.
Council member Charles Midgley commended the staff for organizing the cleanup of the county.
Council member Jason Steen was pleased they had 700 people willing to take part in cleaning up the county.
"I think it is well represented all the way across the county," he said.
Council member Steve Blackmon said he has neighbors who are very excited about the cleanup.
Council member Verd Odom said he is looking forward to the cleanup and added it was one of the biggest complaints he gets about the town and county.
Council chairman Dr. Carolyn Prince said the cleanup has been a long time coming.
"So good things come to those who wait," she said.