Charleston Parks Conservancy is launching a new program in April, in respond to locals’ concerns amount an uptick in litter on the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway.

The nonprofit will provide cleanup kits for volunteers including bags, gloves, safety vests and trash pickers. Participants are encouraged to keep the kits and use the items to pick up trash in any public park or outdoor space on a regular basis.

“We are always listening to the community and seeking input on how we can improve Charleston’s parks and greenspaces,” said Rachel Barry, volunteer manager for the Conservancy. “After conducting a community survey about the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway, it was clear that litter is a big concern.”

Charleston Parks Conservancy will team up with Charleston Waterkeeper and Keep Charleston Beautiful for a kickoff cleanup on Earth Day, April 22.

Charleston Waterkeeper will start the event off with a morning cleanup from 9 – 11 a.m. followed by Keep Charleston Beautiful‘s evening cleanup from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Another community cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, May 22.

“We are excited to give the community an opportunity to join us in cleaning up the trails and making them more enjoyable for everyone,” said Barry.