SENECA, S.C. (WSPA) – Wednesday, Duke Energy and Keep Oconee Beautiful Association, also known as KOBA, have created two Saturday events to get Oconee County residents up and cleaning up their community.
On Saturday, April 27th at Seneca High School, will be the Great Oconee Clean Up. Then Saturday, May 4th at Duke Energy World of Energy, will be Earth Day in May.
Both Duke and KOBA said residents should think of every day as Earth Day. But, litter is still an issue and is something anyone can help pick up.
KOBA Executive Director, Danielle Pankuch, noted all residents at the Great Oconee Clean Up will be given garbage bags, bright colored clothing, gloves and grabbers for trash pick up.
“We think it’s really important to get people aware of the litter problem. It’s very prevalent. So, the more people who want to get involved in cleaning up, they’re showing pride in their community, showing that they care,” Pankuch said.
The first 150 Great Oconee Clean Up attendees get a free t-shirt.
Amanda Stevenson, a Duke Energy employee and KOBA Chair Board Member, added on Saturday, May 4th, Earth Day in May, will teach younger children about keeping the earth clean.
“We all learn by example and getting out there and doing it. So, I try to be a good example for my kids and it’s always heartwarming when we’re out and they’re pointing out the trash to me and they won’t let us walk past it unless we pick it up,” Stevenson said.
Stevenson added 200 Red Maple and Red Bud trees will be given away for free to Earth Day in May attendees.