CONWAY, SC (WBTW) — A South Carolina garbage prevention group funded the installation of a pollution control device in 25 state waterways, Crabtree Channel in Horry County,
Palmetto Pride Provide funding for the non-mechanical WaterGoat system, which helps prevent trash from reaching the ocean. Since 2006, the group said the device has helped prevent more than 322 tons of debris and litter from reaching the ocean in other states.
“It’s another piece in the puzzle,” said Nevada Mellor, litter control coordinator for the Keep Conway Beautiful group. “It’s a linear buoy attached to it like a net with a chain, so it’s kind of floating through the Crabtree Channel.”
“We will coordinate between Keep Conway Beautiful volunteers emptying it and city staff emptying it, depending on how often it is filled,” Mellor said.
Mileur wants to see the device installed in other places.
“Obviously the Wakamaw River is huge and there are a lot of places that could be useful,” Mellor said. “So, I would like to see more in the future. Not only will it raise awareness of the types of litter that end up in canals and waterways, but also, ultimately, how they affect the ocean and how microplastics are a problem in our ocean and on our wildlife” .
Anyone who wants to volunteer with groups like Keep Conway Beautiful and Keep Horry County Beautiful can find more information on the groups’ websites and Facebook pages.