Win or lose, the home team is always left to pick up the pieces after high school sporting events. Used cups, dirty napkins, and greasy food containers litter the stands and concession area litter-free South Carolina is to prevent people from littering in the first place. South Carolina schools have committed to this goal through educational efforts teaching students about the impact of litter on our environment, economy and safety. PalmettoPride Litter-Free Games takes those lessons from the classroom to the ball field.

The benefits of creating litter-free games are numerous. Litter-free games give students an opportunity to learn valuable environmental lessons, leadership skills and management skills. We would like to see a student club or organization coordinate efforts for their school. This is a great opportunity for school clubs to participate in a community service project and earn money.

Litter-free games will cut down on the time it takes custodial staff and groundskeepers to clean up after fans have left. Litter-free games create an inviting environment for friends, families and visitors to your school sporting events. Litter-free games will cost you nothing, but you’ll get respect and good publicity from everyone in your community.

  1. Choose one home game to designate as Litter-Free. Get permission from your school to host a litter-free game. Fill out the application and send it to PalmettoPride.
  2. Publicize the game around the school, in your newsletters, on your school’s website, etc.
  3. Post signs around your school and at the entrances to your stadium or football field.
  4. Pass out PalmettoPride litterbags to everyone who comes to the game. Ask people to throw their trash away in those bags at the end of the game. Give out new litter bags when they leave.
  5. Make sure that trash cans are readily available and visible.
  6. Announce throughout the game that it is litter-free – maybe have your mascot demonstrate in pre-game activities.
  7. Thank everyone for participating in your Litter-Free event!

PalmettoPride is here to help you coordinate this event. We understand that our schools’ resources are spread thin. For this event, PalmettoPride will provide the following:

  1. Litter bags for everyone who comes to the game.
  2. Signs for the stadium and entrances to the game.
  3. A $200 award to the club or group that coordinates this event.*

*A teacher or school representative will have to confirm that club or group fulfilled their obligations to this project in order to receive the award.

Fill out your 2017 Application for Litter Free Games to get started.