Talking Trash with Dana Cheney


The Great American Cleanup is currently taking place in Colleton County. Dana Cheney the Executive Director of Keep Walterboro Beautiful has had a successful year so far. The Cleanup runs from April 19th until June 21st and participation has been good this year, and they participated in the Rice Festival as well.

The National Honor Society from Colleton County High School, with 75 volunteers picked up 31 miles of streets, 1720 pounds of litter, 12 tires, and one bicycle frame.

19 employees of the City of Walterboro picked up 412 pounds of trash.

Another program is the “Tarp It or Ticket” Program. Keep Walterboro Beautiful gave away tarps to secure your load as you transport it to the disposal center. Cheney reminds people, “If your load is not secure, it can blow out or fall out. Litter can result in a significant fine, a piece of paper over a cigarette is a $50 fine and eight hours of community service. Now that’s according to the state, in the city the fine is $1,078.

Keep Walterboro Beautiful has more programs in addition to the Great American Clean Up. Cheney explains, “In the past we have planted trees, planted Azaleas because it’s not only picking up litter but it’s also beautification and education.” They also give out Yard and Business of the Month and participate in Palmetto Pride.” There is also an Adopt-A-Street program.

If you want to participate in Keep Walterboro Beautiful, you can contact Dana Cheney at 843 542-6222 or email at