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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.

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 8, 2016 @ 12 p.m.

 Date: October 9, 2016

Time: 12 p.m.

Hurricane Matthew Update:

  • 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.
  • All Horry County Solid Waste Authority offices and recycling centers will be closed today.  Those that are safely able to open will do so during their normal hours tomorrow.
  • The curfew for unincorporated Horry County remains in effect from this evening at 6 p.m. until tomorrow morning (October 10) at 6 a.m.
  • The Horry County Emergency Operations Center Phone Bank is functioning as normal.
  • The Horry County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for this week has been postponed until October 17 and the Board of Registration & Elections meeting has been cancelled.
  • All Horry County Circuit Court jurors for the week of October 10, 2016, are excused.
  • Horry County damage assessment teams began at 8 a.m. this morning.
  • The Governor is the only one who can rescind evacuation orders and has not yet done so.
  • As of 12 p.m. this morning there are 468 in area shelters.
  • 123+ roads closed and/or impassable.
  • Travelers should check with their airlines for current flight status.
  • There continues to be widespread power outages throughout Horry County.  Utility crews are working to restore power as quickly as is safely possible.  It is estimated that it will take several days to fully restore electrical services throughout the county.
  • There are still widespread reports of downed powerlines and trees.  Horry County officials are strongly encouraging people to stay off the roads.
  • Due to widespread flooding, citizens are reminded to NEVER drive around barricades/barrels/road closed signs, and to NEVER drive through standing water.  
  • Citizens are encouraged to only call 911 for life safety emergencies.

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