Resolving to recycle in Myrtle Beach and Horry County

Whether you are new to Horry County or just want to know a bit more about the how, what, and where of recycling, this is the website you should visit.

It’s the home page for the county’s solid waste authority and includes instructions on what, how and where , including information on hazardous materials such as paints, insect spays and other chemicals. The site also offers a downloadable pdf booklet on all things waste and recyclable.

If you have lived in the county for a while, the site will update you on the latest—putting yard trimmings in paper bags, instead of plastic (required since July) and special events, such as the recent December Household Hazardous Waste Collection day at the Conway collection site.

An upcoming special event, the annual “Grinding of the Trees,” will take place between December 26 and January 26. Take in your used Christmas tree and they will chip it into mulch that you can then take home to your own garden.

For more basic recycling, the county offers 24 separate locations where you can take your basic recyclable materials of paper, glass, metal cans, and more, (A complete list of what can be taken at these centers is at http://www.solidwasteauthority.org/whatcanirecycle.html).

These locations are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday. Be aware that each side has one regular weekly closure date, and all are closed on four holidays each year, including Christmas and New Year. The website map also has contact information for each location, so you can call first. (http://www.solidwasteauthority.org/recyclingcenters.html).

The county does not do curbside pick up, but many homeowner associations and municipalities do offer curbside recycling for a fee. The “what can you recycle page” does note what can be picked up and what you have to cart to the landfill yourself at the Solid Waste Authority HHW Facility located at 1886 Highway 90 in Conway. The facility is open Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (Call 843-458- 7191 for service) and on Saturdays from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

This facility also sponsors special hazardous waste collection times as well when residents may dispose of a maximum of 20 gallons of paint per visit. Call (843) 347-1651 for details.

For information on disposing of items like car batteries or asbestos, at other times, check the page on the main site page, “How do I?”

Keeping detritus out of the landfill helps everyone. If you moved here from a non-coastal location you may not have heard of oyster shell recycling, a program sponsored by South Carolina’s Division of Natural Resources. It is very important for the health of our ocean and those delicious little mollusks. Whether you have only a bucket of oysters shells left after a family supper or a bin full of shells from a neighborhood oyster roast, or the boxes of shells from a restaurant, these empty shells are quite valuable. The shells are key to the regrowth of young oysters, according to Ben Dyar of the South Carolina Division of Natural Resources. However, do NOT dump your shells directly back into the ocean. Dyar advises that you separate shells from other trash, store them in a porous container (to lessen odors) and bring them to one of the two open recycling centers listed on their webpage for Horry County (A third location is presently closed.)

The state collects shells from these locations and quarantines them for six months to sanitize the shells and ensure that outside organisms from non-local shells will not overgrow our own native varieties. Only after that does the state place them in the water at the appropriate places for oyster reef growth. (http://saltwaterfishing.sc.gov/oyster.html)

The two area oyster shell collection sites in operation are the North Myrtle Beach Bin at Platt’s Seafood in Cherry Grove(Note: Bin/Trailer has been temporarily moved 0.6 miles south on Sea Mountain Highway toward the beach. The trailer is located across from Point Marsh Lon and Black Pearl Miniature Golf. It will be on your right coming from Platt’s Seafood headed toward the beach.) and at the Myrtle Beach Bin on 21st Ave N located at Highway 17 and 21st Ave North intersection between Nasser Sports Grill and Phillips Seafood Market. The bin is the first right, just past Nascar Sport Grill parking lot down a dirt road. Again, the Surfside collection point noted on the website is temporarily closed; check the website to see when it will reopen.

Even if you are not a newcomer, it is a good idea to check out the site for the newest instructions  and the holiday hours of the recycling sites and more.

For example, starting this summer, the use of large plastic bags for yard trimmings was eliminated in favor of the use of large brown paper bags (available at local hardware stores) and, if you use a truck or tow a trailer of yard waste to the recycling center, as of May of this year, the load must be covered with a tarp.

Curbside

Contact your homeowner’s association about curbside collection times and fees. Certain municipalities and private haulers also offer trash and recycling services: Check with the town office to see who provides curbside service , how frequently it is picked up and the cost.

Municipal Recycling Programs
* Town of Aynor: (843) 358-0754
* Town of Briarcliffe Acres Phone: (843) 272-8863
* City of Conway, (843) 248-1730, www.cityofconway.com
* City of Myrtle Beach, (843) 918-2000, www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/garbage.html
* City of North Myrtle Beach, (843) 280-5537, www.nmb.us
* Town of Surfside Beach, call (843) 913-6360 or visit www.surfsidebeach.org/recycling.html

Commercial Waste Haulers List
Last but not least, there is a chance to re-use or repurpose many items. Horry County Solid Waste Authority and the Horry County Council on Aging offers a resale program for useable household items and large furniture. The Store is a resale outlet offering used items that you can give a second life. The Store – located at 1874 Highway 90 in Conway – accepts donated items that can be recycled, reconditioned or repurposed for continued use.

The Store is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And, when you are looking for compost or mulch for that new yard, be sure to check with the county again—they recycle that yard material you have donated into compost and mulch and sell it to the public at Horry County Solid Waste Authority offers compost, mulch and glass aggregate for sale to residents and businesses for landscaping and gardening purposes. They are sold at the county landfill located at 1886 Highway 90 in Conway. The facility is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Please call (843) 347-1651 to see if compost is available. Quantities are limited and the compost supply in particular, runs out quickly.

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