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‘Donkey’ Litter Sign in Laurens Turning Heads

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One of the three signs Laurens put up this week as part of its new anti-littering campaign One of the three signs Laurens put up this week as part of its new anti-littering campaign
One of the three signs Laurens put up this week as part of its new anti-littering campaign One of the three signs Laurens put up this week as part of its new anti-littering campaign
LAURENS, S.C. -

An upstate city’s new step to stop people from littering has a lot of people talking.

One of the three signs Laurens put up this week as part of its new anti-littering campaign features a picture of a donkey and says “Don’t Litter, Jack-… This Means You!”

A city crew put up two more signs on the same street Friday: East Farley Ave. It’s the most-trashed street in Laurens. The city Streets and Sanitation Department picks up 45 bags of trash on that street every week.

It’s the less-than-scenic road Kiley Burnside takes on her daily drive to work.

"It's just a lot of trash and a lot of garbage -- you know, bags, food, it's just real messy,” said Burnside.

She hopes the new signs will get litterbugs’ attention.

“They might kind of feel bad and feel like they're calling them that," said Burnside.

The donkey sign design won first place out of more than 100 entries as part of the city's new Don't Trash Laurens campaign.

“I had asked the public to not do the nice signs. I don't want nice. Nice does not work," said Laurens Mayor Sharon Brownlee.

Brownlee said she started the anti-littering campaign because she was sick of seeing tax dollars and resources wasted on cleaning up trash.

"I'm just tired of it. I'm angry about it, to tell you the truth. Because our Streets and Sanitation department have a lot to do and going out and picking up trash every week on this particular roadway -- it's maddening," said Brownlee.

Brownlee said it's not just a waste of tax dollars, it deters job creators touring the area from opening up shop in Laurens.

Barbara Carson, who works on East Farley Avenue, said even if the signs don't break old habits, they might inspire new ones.

“I think it'll get people's attention. And maybe if they see somebody throw trash out, seeing something like this, it might make them turn them in, turn their tag in," said Carson.

The city has installed three signs so far, but there's more where that came from. If you drive through Laurens, you can soon expect to see nearly a dozen more lining the streets.

The Don't Trash Laurens campaign is about more than just putting up signs. The police department is also ramping up enforcement. The city hopes to catch more litterbugs using surveillance cameras.

If you get caught littering anywhere in South Carolina, you can expect to pay a fine of $200-$1,000 plus court costs.

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Jenna Troum
Jenna is a general assignment reporter covering Greenville, Pickens and Laurens Counties.
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