New anti-litter campaign launching in Crisp County

CORDELE, Ga. — Crisp County Sheriff’s Office and Keep Crisp Beautiful are teaming up to do something about litter in the community.

“You can’t afford to be trashy.” That’s the new anti-litter campaign announced by Crisp County Sheriff’ Billy Hancock this week as a join initiative between the Sheriff’s Office and Keep Crisp Beautiful.

Hancock says that litter and illegal dumping have become a significant problem in the community and it is time to step up and do something about it. He said the first step is to educate citizens so they become aware that it is a crime with costly penalties.

He said on the sheriff’s office side those laws will be enforced and local judges will make the decision to prosecute and/or fine offenders.

“So what we want to do,” said Hancock.  “We want to raise awareness of how litter and waste affect our local environment. We want to educate our children on state laws and county ordinances about being trashy. We want to enforce those laws and county ordinances. And we want to involve the local community to address the issue of litter activity. We all see it. We all see every time it is thrown out and we wonder how and why. And that would be the question to ask everybody is why. Why when you have a piece of trash in your automobile do you need to throw it out before you get somewhere and stop. There are plenty of receptacles in this community that you can carry that trash with you and get rid of it at a moment’s notice if you need to.”

Chip Wells is chairman of Keep Crisp Beautiful. He said the organization is grateful that with all the sheriff’s office has to do, they are still going to put some resources into reducing litter.

The sheriff’s office reached out to Crisp County High School art students to help design the official logo for the campaign. A digital design created by Senior Wade Bailey was chosen out of those submitted.

Hancock said they will also be going into the schools to speak with younger students about litter and not being “trashy.” They will be reading a book entitled “What Matters.” They will also donate copies of the book to the school and local libraries.

“We also want to encourage the public to please contact us and report any cases of litter and or illegal dumping,” said Hancock.

Citizens can contact the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office at (229)276-2600.