Yuck! South Carolina has given new meaning to the term "Dirty South."
According to the American Society for Public Administration's 2014 American Litter Scorecard, the Palmetto State ranks LAST in the cleaniness of public spaces and is now the country’s dirtiest state.
Steve Spacek, the Litter Scorecard's creator, slammed South Carolina in the report saying:
"A once-proud Palmetto State is the poster child on how not" to care for public spaces, and its public citizens and officials are the poster children "on how not to 'respect' precious landscapes and properties."
Spacek gave the following reasons for South Carolina's poor standing:
- The state is spending a "woefully-low" annual amount of $21 per person on environmental protection services
- Licensed drivers were rated among the worst for "lacking commonsense knowledge of littering and other roadway laws"
- Residents are the second most wasteful Americans, throwing away more "un-reused and un-recycled items per day" than all but one other state
- The state has yet to enact litter-reducing container deposits or comprehensive recycling