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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 to Conduct Annual Litter Index

Conway, South Carolina – The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will conduct the Annual Litter Index February 23, 2016.  Community volunteers are needed to assist with the project.

Keep Horry County Beautiful (KHCB) is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and PalmettoPride.  One of the requirements of all Keep America Beautiful affiliates is to conduct a Community Appearance Index (aka Litter Index). 

Litter Indexes have been conducted annually since 2011, when KHCB was certified as an affiliate.  KHCB members, staff, and volunteers conduct a windshield survey of 113 locations.  The locations include sections of roadway, boat landings, and parks.  Participants use the following grading system developed by Keep America Beautiful:

  • A location with minimal or no litter scores a 1.
  • A location with slight litter scores a 2.
  • A location that is littered scores a 3.
  • A location with extreme litter scores a 4. 

As part of the Litter Index, KHCB also surveys illegal signs.  A similar scoring system is used:

  • A location with no illegal signs scores a 1.
  • A location with slight sign cluttering scores a 2.
  • A location with sign cluttering scores a 3.
  • A location with extreme sign cluttering scores a 4.

A score is given to each location based on the amount of litter the participants see.  At the end of the day, all the scores are totaled and divided by eight, which is the number of litter districts in Horry County, to get the Litter Index score for KAB. 

There will be four groups of volunteers conducting the windshield survey in the morning and four groups in the afternoon.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Nancy Tindall at 843-915-7893 or email .    

Community Volunteers Needed for Water Quality Programs

Conway, South Carolina – Community volunteers are needed to join water quality monitoring in Murrells Inlet and on the Waccamaw River. 

These programs are supported with funding from Horry and Georgetown Counties to help fulfill Stormwater goals that include engaging citizens in protecting our waterways and raising environmental awareness in the community.

Both programs are administered through Coastal Carolina University’s Waccamaw Watershed Academy and its Environmental Quality Laboratory, Murrells Inlet 2020 and the Waccamaw Riverkeeper provide program support. The support of community volunteers is critical to these programs’ success. Following training to use handheld environmental testing equipment, volunteers work as part of a team to sample selected sites twice monthly.

Water quality data is used to determine trends over time, to supplement state monitoring whose frequency has considerably reduced, to identify hot spots.  Data generated by volunteers is available in an online database accessible to the public.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Dr. Susan Libes, Coastal Carolina University Program Director at 843-349-4028 or email.   

Local Clean Up Events Scheduled

Conway, South Carolina – The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will assist with the following community clean ups:

• January 25, 2014-The Chicora Indians of South Carolina will clean the Socastee Park and Boat Landing beginning at 11 a.m.
• February 1, 2014-The Chicora Indians of South Carolina will clean the Huggins Boat Landing (located on Pee Dee Road near Galivants Ferry) beginning at 10 a.m.

Volunteers are welcome. For more information, contact Nancy Tindall with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340.