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Keep Horry County Beautiful's Secure Your Load Tarp Giveaways

Conway, South Carolina – Keep Horry County Beautiful (KHCB) will continue the “Secure Your Load” Tarp Giveaway campaign during the month of May. Initiated in 2017 as an effort to reduce the amount of roadside litter and debris the program focused on residents and small business owners who use their personal vehicles for hauling. The campaign is based, in part, on facts gathered from the nationwide 2016 AAA report, which stated that more than 200,000 wrecks, 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths in the previous four years had been caused by trash in the roads and objects flying off vehicles. Additionally, KHCB’s Annual Litter Index revealed and continues to show, consistently littered roadways near Solid Waste Authority Convenience Centers. Accordingly, Keep Horry County Beautiful and the Horry County Police Department will distribute free tarps, courtesy of a PalmettoPride Grant, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations (exact addresses may be found on the Horry County Solid Waste Authority's website):

  1. May 4, 2019 – Carolina Forest Convenience Center #24– On International Drive between Ocean Bay Elementary and Horry County Fire Station.
  2. May 11, 2019 – Homewood #7– Highway 701- North of Conway in front of SC Department of Highways and Public Transportation.
  3. May 18, 2019 – Browntown #15– Hwy. 548 (Four Mile Road) near Sandy Acres Mobile Home Park (between Highway 501/Juniper Bay Road).
  4. May 18, 2019 – McDowell Shortcut #4– Off Highway 707 between US-17 Bypass, St. James Elementary & Middle Schools (from US-17 Bypass turn at Pelican, turn right when you get to the dirt road).
  5. May 25, 2019 – Jackson Bluff #12– Off of SC 544 on Jackson Bluff Road, across from Grand Strand Water & Sewer Office.

The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will meet May 28, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. in Multipurpose Room B of the Government and Justice Center located 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway. For more information in getting involved in keeping the County’s boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter-free throughout the year, may contact Keep Horry County Beautiful (tindalln@horrycounty.org or 915-5340).



Keep Horry County Beautiful Litter Events

Conway, South Carolina – The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee announces a volunteer opportunity for citizens or organizations interested in assisting with upcoming litter cleanups in our community. Trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and trash grabbers will be provided.

Saturday, March 10th – Burgess Community - 9 a.m. to Noon. The Greater Burgess Community Association, in partnership with Keep Horry County Beautiful, will hold a community cleanup beginning at the South Strand Recreation Center (9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach). Volunteers will be transported to clean up litter along Holmestown Road and Scipio Lane. 

Saturday, March 17th – Bucksport Road – 9 a.m. Join the Distinguished Men of Bucksport in partnership with Keep Horry County Beautiful for the cleanup of Bucksport Road in Bucksport. Please meet at 9 a.m. at the James R. Frazier Community Center located at 1370 Bucksport Road. Contact Alphonzo Sherman for more information: (843) 340-5586.

The next meeting of the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee is March 27, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. in Multipurpose Room B of the Government and Justice Center located 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway. 

If you want to get involved in keeping Horry County’s boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter-free throughout the year, please contact Keep Horry County Beautiful at (843) 915-5340 or by email.



4th Annual Horry County Community Cleanup Day a Success

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Council, in conjunction with Keep Horry County Beautiful and numerous partners, hosted a countywide, volunteer litter cleanup event on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The event featured 10-locations around the county where approximately over 205 volunteers came out and picked up nearly 700 bags of litter. The number of bags of litter collected by County Council district are as follows: 

  • District 1        -           92 bags
  • District 2        -           20 bags
  • District 3        -           7 bags
  • District 4 & 5 -           61 bags
  • District 6        -          35 bags
  • District 7        -          54 bags
  • District 8        -          36 bags
  • District 9 & 10 -        189 bags
  • District 11      -          36 bags
  • City of Conway -      150 bags 

Participating agencies and partners for the event include Keep Horry County Beautiful, PalmettoPride, Coastal Carolina University, Horry County Schools, Carolina Forest Civic Association, Greater Burgess Community Association, Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Coast RTA and many more.
 
Keep Horry County Beautiful also recognized the following groups and individuals for achievement in efforts to reduce litter and beautify our county. The Community Cleanup and Beautification Awards for 2017 were:
 
Outstanding Business Award 

  • Ocean Lakes Campground 

Outstanding Non-Profit Award 

  • Surfrider-Grand Strand 

Outstanding School Award

  • Early College High School
  • Forestbrook Middle
  • Lakewood Elementary 

Outstanding Community Award

  • Coast RTA
  • Horry County School District Transportation Dept. 

Beautification Award

  • United Way of Horry County 

Achievement in Waste Reduction

  • City of Conway Solid Waste Department 

Outstanding Litter Prevention Program

  • Waccamaw Riverkeeper
  • PalmettoPride 

Outstanding Leadership in Litter Prevention

  • Horry County Police Department


Keep Horry County Beautiful Partners to Clean Up Area Road

Conway, South Carolina – The South Carolina Aquarium has created a SCA Citizen Science App that will allow citizens to track and remove litter from both land and water throughout South Carolina. The new application will track litter across the state which assists with research and development of future programs.

To promote the free app, South Carolina Aquarium staff will tour the Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s landfill facility and assist Keep Horry County Beautiful, the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Palmetto Pride and the Horry County Police in cleaning up litter along the Sterrit Swamp Road area on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The application can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store. For more information, please contact Keep Horry County Beautiful by email or 915-5340. 



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.



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