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.
Pelican roll-out containers must be placed at curbside by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day. Then, pelicans must be removed from curbside by 11:00 p.m. on your service day to avoid citation. It is a violation under city code to leave containers curbside after collection day. Collections occur Monday through Thursday in four zones, beginning on the southern end of the city. Click here for a map of the Monday-through-Thursday collection zones to learn which zone is yours.
- Red = Monday (Zone 1)
- Green = Tuesday (Zone 2)
- Purple = Wednesday (Zone 3)
- Teal = Thursday (Zone 4)
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). Only food, beverage and detergent containers should be recycled, and all containers need to be rinsed and clean.
UPDATE... 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! First, 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). Second, the list of recyclable items has narrowed. For example, you cannot recycle pizza boxes because of contamination from grease or cheese. That's how tight the market is now; throw that pizza box in the trash, please. Second, rinse food containers. 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)
- 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
Yard waste (leaves, grass clippings and the like) must be placed in a paper bag for collection. Effective in December 2018, the Horry County Solid Waste Authority accepts yard waste in paper bags. 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.
Larger tree limbs can be placed at curbside for pickup, but please 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. And, please 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 also that 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. 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. And, 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.
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. All TVs and computers MUST be recycled separately from other recyclables according to state law. This means TVs and computers CANNOT be placed in the garbage or curbside recycling containers.
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. In addition, clean wood waste and tires are also accepted for recycling. The accepted tire limit is four tires per day, per person.
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.