What is recycling and why do it, especially at the beach? --- Yes, especially at the beach!
It amazes me how many people still don’t reduce reuse recycle, even when they know they are throwing into a landfill materials that can be repurposed and used again. For years we’ve heard about reducing the number of plastic bags and bottles we use by carrying cloth bags and refillable bottles, so it’s not a new idea. In fact it’s really easy to do and some area services make it convenient as well.
If you live inside the city limits of many of the county’s municipalities, the recycling center is as close as the end of your driveway. Curbside programs within the city limits of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Surfside Beach, and Briarcliffe Acres provide regular pick-ups of recyclables along with other solid waste. All of the cities and towns use the single stream method, which means all of your recyclables go into one bin – no sorting.
The city of Myrtle Beach picks up recyclables on the same day as other solid waste and they supply special green bins free of charge for that purpose. However, if you're a big-time recycler, good for you! You can get a 48-gallon or 64-gallon roll-out cart for $2 a month. To begin service, or for information about collection schedules, call the City of Myrtle Beach Solid Waste Division at (843) 918-2160. Click here to visit the City of Myrtle Beach Solid Waste Division website.
North Myrtle Beach supplies both standard and roll-out bins free of charge. Roll-out bins are subject to availability and come in two sizes, 64-gallon or 48-gallon. A replacement fee is charged for lost or stolen roll-out bins. North Myrtle Beach also collects electronic waste that includes televisions, radios, computers, etc. and separates these materials from the waste stream for (electronic) e-cycling. There is also a drop-off facility in North Myrtle Beach, located on Bay Street at 6th Avenue South and a cardboard collection site at the solid waste transfer station. For more information, call the North Myrtle Beach Sanitation Department (843) 280-5537 or click here for their website.
Conway residents receive once a week pick-up that includes trash, recyclables, and yard waste. Standard bins are provided free of charge upon request. A limited number of 65-gallon blue roll-out carts are available at a cost of $46.00. To order a roll cart, or for additional information call the Conway Solid Waste Division at (843) 248-1760 or click here to visit their website.
Surfside Beach provides curbside service free of charge to town residents every Friday using automated arm trucks. You can request a recycling cart by calling Town of Surfside Beach Public Works at (843) 913-6360. Click here to visit their website.
The town of Briarcliffe Acres provides collection for trash and recyclables for residents through Waste Industries (843) 397-5586. Trash is picked up on Mondays and Thursdays and recyclables are collected every other Monday .
A list of recyclables is available from the Horry County Solid Waste Authority. Be sure to rinse bottles and jars and put only clean items in the blue bin.
If you live anywhere in the county recycling is going to take a little more effort on your part. Curbside programs are not available in rural Horry County, so you are going to have to haul your stuff to a convenience center. Once you’re there, all recyclables are sorted into different skiffs for removal to the Material Recycling Facility in Conway.
It’s not difficult and most folks load up the car and make a once week trek to one of the 24 Convenience Centers. Some centers take all recyclables and some are limited to basic items, so check with Horry County Solid Waste Authority (843) 347-1651 to find out where you need to go.