Solid Waste & Recycling Division
Ed Marr, Solid Waste & Recycling Division Superintendent
The Solid Waste Division is housed within the Public Works Department. The division provides solid waste and recycling pick-up for our residential customers. The Solid Waste Division collects residential garbage weekly from 90-gallon rollout containers called "Pelicans." Recycling roll carts are available for our curbside customers.
The city is divided into four collection zones. All household garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulky junk are picked up on the same day each week. Collections occur Monday through Thursday in four zones, beginning on the southern end of the city. Click here for a GIS map of the Monday-through-Thursday collection zones to learn which zone is yours. To download a copy of this map, click here.
- Red = Monday (Zone 1)
- Green = Tuesday (Zone 2)
- Purple = Wednesday (Zone 3)
- Teal = Thursday (Zone 4)
SOLID WASTE RULE CHANGES
NEW! Effective August 1, 2020, Myrtle Beach City Council recently approved updates to the Solid Waste ordinance. Here’s a quick summary of services and rules for residential customers...
City Council’s goal is to encourage customer compliance, improve community appearance and deter illegal dumping. A few things to note are that lids on solid waste containers must be closed completely and that no additional garbage may be placed outside or on top of the pelican. If you regularly have more garbage than will fit in your pelican, you will be required to pay for an additional pelican.
Overflowing garbage containers are no longer allowed in the City of Myrtle Beach. Another change is that bulky junk will be limited to two cubic yards per week. Any more than two cubic yards per week will not be collected. The customer will have to remove the excess until the following week, take it to the landfill, bring it to the transfer station on Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., or request call-back service at the established rates.
Standard Residential Service Updates
The standard residential service refers to the once-per-week collection of one garbage cart and one recycling cart (or shared residential dumpster) for the monthly service charge and container fee.
- New volume limit of two cubic yards of bulk waste per week. Materials greater than two cubic yards will be tagged with a warning notice informing the property owner of the corrective action that needs to occur. (Two cubic yards is equivalent to a pile that’s three feet high, three feet wide and six feet long.)
- No volume limit on weekly yard waste.
- Call-ahead request for service of electronic devices and tires is included in monthly service. (Limit of two tires off the rim per week.)
- Service to each additional garbage roll cart container is an additional charge.
- New service charges for call-back services outside the regular weekly service level.
- Landfill tipping fees will be adjusted based upon Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s Fiscal Year 2020-21 increase.
Residential Service Requirements
Here is a list of the updated requirements...
- Lids must close. All waste must be contained within the containers used.
- No additional refuse may be placed next to or on top of the container for collection.
- If additional capacity is needed to contain refuse for collection each week, additional containers will be provided at the established rate.
- Materials must be set out no earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day before collection, and no later than 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection.
- Roll carts must be pulled back to the residential structure by 11:00 p.m. on the day of collection.
- Roll carts may not be left at the curb throughout the week.
- Yard waste may be set out at any time; leaves and clippings must be contained within paper bags for pickup on the day of collection.
- Customers will pay a separate charge for call-back services. See the rate schedule below.
- Ineligible material must be removed from the right-of-way within 48 hours of the day of collection.
- Garbage, recycling, bulk waste and yard waste must all be neatly separated and contained within the proper container, where applicable.
- Bulk waste and yard waste should be kept in a neat pile away from telephone poles, guide wires and parked cars. Do not place waste on top of sprinkler heads, water meter covers, etc.
- Yard waste (limbs) must be sized no larger than four inches in diameter or four feet in length. Separate
- Loose yard waste (grass, leaves and weeds) must be placed within paper bags.
Standard Residential Service Charges
A charge of $28.80 per month, plus a $2.00 container fee, equals $30.80 per month for the following...
- Standard once-per-week collection service of one garbage cart and one recycling roll cart (or shared residential dumpster).
- Two cubic yards of bulk waste, yard waste and call-ahead service for electronic devices and tires (limit two tires per week).
Call Back Service Charges
"Call back service" refers to each incidence of unscheduled service above and beyond the standard rate for which the customer has subscribed.
- $90.00 per service for garbage or recycling call-back
- $115.00 per service for yard or bulk waste call-back
- Plus current landfill disposal charges per cubic yard collected
List of Non-Compliant Collection Issues
This list shows citable non-compliance actions...
- Excessive volume of materials
- Co-mingled or mixed materials
- Improperly prepared materials
- Roll carts not pulled in from the curb to the home or business in a timely manner
- Materials set out off schedule
- Setting out ineligible or inaccessible materials
To enforce these non-compliance actions, a warning notice posted on the property informing the owner of the corrective action that needs to occur. First steps are communication, customer awareness and voluntary compliance.
48 hours later, the code enforcement officer will follow-up on these locations to be sure that the corrective action has occurred. If not, the city will take corrective action and bill the property owner in accordance with the Schedule of Solid Waste Fees and Charges. The property owner will be informed that any further violations may result in a citation and restitution.
The city also offers curbside recycling for our residential customers. You do not have to separate recyclables, and materials should be kept loose in the recycling container (no bags). All containers need to be rinsed and clean.
The Horry County Solid Waste Authority has notified local jurisdictions that they will be fined for every contaminated load of recyclables. (Fines start at $150 per load that is delivered to the Solid Waste Authority.) We need to be clean and green, especially with our residential recycling! Remember...
- Do not bag your recycling. Just place loose items all together in your recycling container (the green rollout cart or the older blue bin, if you still have one of those).
- Rinse food containers.
- The list of recyclable items has narrowed. For example, you cannot recycle pizza boxes because of contamination from grease or cheese. See the lists below of what is accepted and what is NOT accepted. (Scrap metal and tires can be recycled at the Transfer Station, but not in the residential recycling program.)
Here's a handy list of items that can be recycling in our green rollout carts (or the older blue bins, if you still have one)...
- Aluminum and Tin Cans
- Cardboard Boxes (Remove All Packaging and Tape)
- Catalogs, Magazines and Newspapers
- Corrugated Cardboard and Paper Bags (Clean; Not Greasy)
- Empty Aerosol Cans (No Caps)
- Glass bottles and Jars (Remove Lids)
- Office Paper, School Paper and Junk Mail
- Paperback Books and Telephone Books
- Pourable Plastic Bottles and Jugs (#1 and # 2 Plastics Only)
And, here's a list of what is NOT accepted...
- Cardboard Pizza Boxes
- Non-Pourable Plastic Containers
- Plastics with a #3 or Higher Recycling Mark
- Plastic Butter Tubs
- Plastic Dishes
- Plastic To-Go Containers
- Plastic Yogurt Containers
- Scrap Metal
Effective December 2018, the Horry County Solid Waste Authority accepts yard waste in paper bags. Yard waste (leaves, grass clippings and the like) must be placed in a paper bag for collection. Paper bags of yard waste can be composted, thus saving valuable landfill space. Paper lawn bags can be purchased at local retail stores, including Lowes and Home Depot. Here are a few additional reminders...
- Larger tree limbs can be placed at curbside for pickup, but cut them into sections that are four feet long and no larger than four inches in diameter.
- All items need to be neatly piled at the curb for pick-up.
- All loose items must be placed in brown paper bags.
- Please keep yard waste piles three-to-five feet away from other items that are set-out for collection.
- Keep yard waste piles three-to-five feet away from other permanent fixtures, such as telephone poles, fences, meter covers, sprinkler heads, parked cars and other items that could be damaged during pick-up.
- No land clearing debris will be accepted.
NOTE: City code requires landscape contractors to haul away the yard debris that they generate. The city will not pick up commercially generated yard waste at curbside!
The city provides curbside bulk waste collection as part of the regular weekly collection service. Here are a few additional reminders...
- Appliances, furniture and boxes or bags of miscellaneous household items can be set out with the regular garbage.
- No construction and demolition materials will be accepted! This includes brick, block, rubble, concrete, dirt, shingles, sheets of plywood and other lumber materials.
- All items need to be placed in a neat pile at the curb.
- All loose items need to be containerized to prevent materials from being scattered during pick-up.
- Please keep bulk waste piles three-to-five feet from other items set out for collection.
- Keep the piles three-to-five feet away from permanent fixtures, such as telephone poles, fences, meter covers, sprinkler heads, parked cars or other items that could be damaged during pick-up.
NOTE: State law requires separate recycling for electronics, TVs and computers. This means TVs and computers CANNOT be placed in the garbage or curbside recycling containers. If you have a computer or TV that is ready for pick-up, contact the Solid Waste Division directly at 843-918-2160. Electronics can also be dropped off at the city’s transfer station for recycling.
For information regarding collection of storm related debris, see our Storm Damage Debris Collection webpage.
The Solid Waste Division also operates a solid waste transfer station at 3221 Mr. Joe White Avenue. It is open to the public on Fridays, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The same materials accepted for curbside pick-up are accepted at the transfer station. This includes garbage, recyclables, bulk waste and yard waste.
For information regarding collection of storm related debris, see our Storm Damage Debris Collection webpage. For general service assistance, call 843-918-2160.
For general information, new service requests, containers, complaints or special services, call 843-918-2160, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To report a service request, see the Customer Request Center webpage.