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Horry County Solid Waste Authority to Hold Grand Reopening Ceremony

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Solid Waste Authority will hold a Grand Reopening Ceremony at the McDowell Recycling Center located at 10622 McDowell Shortcut Road in Murrells Inlet on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The significantly larger $1.2 million center is located directly behind the former center and offers enhanced features such as clean wood recycling, carpet padding recycling, bulk waste compactors and a drop off location for “The Store” in addition to typical recycling convenience center services:

  • Household garbage disposal
  • Bulk waste disposal (furniture, mattresses, etc…)
  • Recycling of the following:
    • Aluminum cans, foil and pans
    • Steel cans
    • Cardboard and paperboard (such as cereal boxes)
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Newspaper, magazines, catalogs and unwanted mail
    • Plastic bottles, jars and jugs
    • Batteries
    • Cooking Oil
    • Household electronics
    • Scrap metal
    • Clothing and shoes
    • Tires
    • Used Motor Oil
    • Yard Waste (no plastic bags)

For more information, please contact the Horry County Solid Waste Authority at (843) 347-1651.

4th Annual Horry County Community Cleanup Day

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Council, in conjunction with Keep Horry County Beautiful and numerous partners, will host a countywide, volunteer litter cleanup event Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event will feature 10-locations around the county where volunteers can choose to participate. Sign-in at each location will begin at 8:30 a.m. with roadside pickup to begin at 9 am to noon.   

Volunteers are invited to a post celebration party at the Horry County Solid Waste Authority in Conway (1886 Highway 90) from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.  The litter collected at the various locations around the county will be transported to the landfill.  There will be food, prizes, entertainment, tours of the landfill, and much more!

Pre-registration is highly encouraged and available on the Horry County website.  Volunteers may follow the link to pre-register online or may download the preregistration form and mail it to Nancy Tindall, Horry County Planning & Zoning, 1301 2nd Ave, Conway, SC 29526.  The public is invited to participate as well as church groups, civic organizations, community associations, local businesses, etc. Come out and show your support for a cleaner Horry County!

Volunteers should also download a waiver form to bring to the registration table on the day of the event. One form will be required per individual. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLEANUP EVENT WITHOUT A SIGNED WAIVER FORM!   Please note that participants who are at least 16 years of age, but under 18 years of age, must have a parent or other legal custodian sign the waiver form.  NO PARTICIPANTS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 YEARS WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE WITHOUT PRESENCE OF A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.

Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes to participate and are encouraged to wear long sleeves, long pants, leather shoes or boots, and eye protection.  Trash bags, gloves, a wristband, and a brightly colored t-shirt will be provided the day of the event.

For more information on the 4th Annual Horry County Community Cleanup Day, contact Nancy Tindall with Horry County Planning & Zoning by email or phone at 843-915-5340.

For registration forms, click HERE.

Hurricane Matthew Update: Horry County Vegetative Debris Removal Continues

Conway, South Carolina – As of October 24, Horry County has collected over 33,391 cubic yards of vegetative debris from county maintained roads. Horry County plans to make two complete passes throughout the county picking up vegetative debris, with the anticipation of completing the first pass by November 15.

Horry County’s Debris Management Plan divides the county into five (5) debris management zones.  Debris trucks will complete a sweep of the unincorporated county by removing debris in the public right-of-way on county maintained roads only.  To determine if a road is maintained by Horry County, visit our website and click on the Hurricane Matthew Road Cleanup Map link in the Hurricane Matthew Information box.

The debris trucks began in Zone 4, the south strand portion of the county (including Socastee/Forestbrook) and will be reassigned in a counter-clockwise motion moving to Zone 5 from Highway 501 to the north strand (including Carolina Forest and along Highway 90), Zone 1 in the east-central (including properties from Highway 905 to Highway 701), Zone 2 in the northern part of the county (including Green Sea and Loris), and Zone 3 in the western portion of the county (including Bucksport, Pee Dee Highway and Highway 501).  Currently, trucks are finishing collecting debris in Zone 4 in the southern portion of the county and at the county’s recycling centers, and have started transitioning assets into Zone 5.  

The county continues to ask residents to be proactive in their recovery and move vegetative debris in the right-of-way so it can quickly be collected over the coming weeks.  The county understands that some homes are inaccessible due to flood conditions and will target those areas for woody debris pickup once residents can return home.

For those Hurricane Matthew survivors impacted by the flood and have bulky disaster debris such as carpet, sofas, mattresses and other large items in their home damaged by the storm, please take your debris to the county’s recycling centers in your area or the landfill.  Residents who haul debris themselves will be allowed to dispose at no charge.  Information on those locations can be found on the Horry County Solid Waste Authority's website

Horry County has also set-up a debris management hotline at (843) 340-9536.  It is available daily to provide information to residents who have questions or concerns about debris management operations.  The hotline is staffed by Horry County representatives from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Please continue to check the Horry County website for additional information and updates on the debris removal process.

Hurricane Matthew Update for October 10, 2016 at 12 p.m.

Date: October 9, 2016

Time: 3 p.m.

Hurricane Matthew Update:

  • The South Carolina Forestry Commission has issued a burning ban for all South Carolina counties that will be in effect until further notice.
  • Citizens can visit the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce link (above) for an up to date listing of businesses that are currently open.
  • All Horry County Government offices and courts remain closed Monday, October 10, 2016.  All essential personnel will continue to report for duty.  Circuit Court jurors for this week have been excused.  All Common Pleas & General Sessions Jury trials for this week are postponed.
  • The number of evacuees in shelters have diminished (468 as of last night to just 31 as of noon this today).  The only shelter still accepting evacuees is, Beach Church located at 557 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
  • The S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental Control is waiving testing fee for private wells. Residents with questions about private wells should call 803-898-4312.
  • The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be conducting boat patrols on flooded waterways.
  • The Horry County Solid Waste Authority offices and recycling centers that were safely able are open today. Residents of unincorporated Horry County should utilize the recycling center closest to them to dispose of storm debris.  If your yard/tree debris is larger than six inches in diameter and four feet in length, you must bring the debris to the landfill located at 1886 Highway 90.  If you live within the limits of an incorporated municipality, you should contact municipal officials regarding their debris cleanup procedures.
  • 159+ roads closed and/or impassable
  • Properties along the Waccamaw River & Intracoastal Waterway are asked to monitor river levels closely as they are rising fast.  The rivers are currently at major flood stage and could continue to rise.  Flooding will be similar to the October 2015 floods.  Residents in these areas should prepare now if they plan on evacuating their property. For information or assistance, citizens in the City of Conway can call 843-488-7664 and Horry County residents should call 843-915-5150.

Horry County Emergency Management can be reached at 843-915-5150 and can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.