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Recycling in Myrtle Beach

Recycling in Myrtle Beach is important for the local environment, and with so much coastal beauty and so many Lowcountry landscapes in our area, why wouldn’t we want to try our hardest to protect the nature around us from harm?

With improved recycling efforts, Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas can start to see environmental benefits, from reduced marine debris, to less wasted energy and a decreased dependency on landfill disposal. Make your efforts count by using bins for glass, plastic, and aluminum recycling in public areas around Myrtle Beach, and learning the rules about what can be recycled from your household or vacation rental and where to find recycling centers. 

We’ve gathered recycling information to help residents of Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand visitors know the dos and don’ts of recycling in Myrtle Beach:

Myrtle Beach Recycling

The curbside program and recycling centers (available to residents only) accept items in many categories, including cardboard, plastic, and glass. Note: Please be sure to rinse any dirty bottles, jars, or containers before placing them in your recycling bin. Reference this What To Recycle list from the Solid Waste Authority for more information about what items are accepted in which receptacles, but find the general lists provided below.

Items accepted in Myrtle Beach recycling receptacles include:

  • Plastic bottles, containers, and jugs
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Tin, steel, aluminum, and aerosol cans 
  • Newspapers, junk mail, and magazines 
  • Shredded paper may be recycled but must be placed in a clear plastic bag

Items not accepted for recycling include:

  • Plastic bags (recycle at local grocery stores)
  • Wax-coated cardboard and milk cartons
  • Glass cookware, dishes, or ceramics
  • Styrofoam
  • Paper plates, napkins, plasticware, or silverware
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Wrapping paper

Residential Recycling in Myrtle Beach

Those who live inside of Myrtle Beach city limits enjoy the convenience of curbside recycling. Myrtle Beach uses a single-stream method of recycling, which means all of your different items are commingled in the bin. Recyclables are picked up on the same day as other household trash. Residents receive one roll-out cart for garbage, one for recycling, and two cubic yards of bulk waste and yard waste for one standard fee. Those who recycle a lot can request an additional roll-out bin free of charge.

Residents may also take their recyclables and household garbage to the solid waste transfer station on Mr. Joe White Avenue in Myrtle Beach. The following items are accepted:

  • Household Garbage
  • Bulk Waste
  • Yard Waste
  • Commingled Recyclables
  • Clean Wood Waste
  • Scrap Metal
  • Electronic Waste
  • Automotive and Light Truck Tires (Limit of four off-the-rim tires per person, per day.)

To learn more about pickup schedules and how to get your own recycling bin, contact the City of Myrtle Beach Solid Waste Department at (843) 918-2160 or visit the Solid Waste & Recycling Division online.

Public Recycling in Myrtle Beach

When you’re on vacation in Myrtle Beach, you don’t have to skip on recycling. Look for marked recycling containers where you stay and in public places you visit to properly dispose of your waste. Most resorts have a recycling program in place for back-of-house and some offer recycling in their guest rooms or condos. Many campgrounds also provide bins to separate trash from recyclables—Ocean Lakes Family Campground has been praised for their robust program, and Willow Tree RV Resort offers pickup right from your campsite. Beaches and attractions, including Huntington Beach and Myrtle Beach State Park have recycling bins available as well. Abide by any restrictions noted at the collection sites for what is or isn’t allowed, and when in doubt, revisit the lists above or throw the item into the trash to avoid contamination.

Recycling Centers in Myrtle Beach

There are 25 Horry County recycling centers available to residents of unincorporated areas of Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. These locations accept up to 4 cubic yards of cardboard, plastic, and glass recycling per day. The recycling centers are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays, except for holidays.

For those in Myrtle Beach looking to recycle items that may be reused, you may donate them to The Store, a retail outlet that gives items second life. The Horry County Solid Waste Authority along with the County Council on Aging has opened The Store at 1874 Highway 90 in Conway, SC. The donated items are repurposed and reconditioned for continued use and offered to shoppers at discounted prices. Visit The Store Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

North Myrtle Beach Recycling

The city of North Myrtle Beach provides residents standard size and roll-out recycling bins for free. The bins are available in two sizes: 48 or 64 gallons. Replacement fees apply if a bin is lost or stolen. 

Recyclables are picked up curbside the same day household trash and yard waste are picked up. Bins must be on the street no later than 7 a.m. on the designated collection day for your neighborhood. Different types of recyclables should be placed loosely in the same bin. Accepted recyclables include:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Cardboard
  • Glass
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Paperboard
  • Plastic containers and bottles
  • Steel cans

North Myrtle Beach also has a drop-off facility for your recyclables on 6th Avenue South and Bay Street, and there is a cardboard collection facility at the solid waste transfer station on 2nd Avenue.

For more info about recycling in North Myrtle Beach, contact the city’s sanitation department at (843) 280-5537 or find sanitation information here.

Customers who need to dispose of recycling or household garbage beyond normal collection days may bring bagged garbage, recyclables, yard waste, and electronic waste to the city’s Solid Waste Transfer Station at 1220 2nd Ave S. The transfer station does not accept waste from contractors.

Recycling in Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach residents can request a free recycling cart from the town’s public works department. Recyclables must be placed in these bins without a bag. There is a list of recyclable items on the lid of each bin to make recycling easier. Recycling bins will be serviced curbside each Friday by an automated arm truck. Because of this, carts must be placed with arrows facing toward the street.

Items accepted curbside in Surfside Beach or though the Horry County Recycling Centers include:

  • Mixed Paper (newspapers, junk mail, phone books)
  • Cardboard (cereal and snack boxes, flattened corrugated cardboard)
  • Bottles & Cans (plastic, aluminum, metal, plastic no. 1 to 7, and glass jars and bottles)

For more info about recycling in Surfside Beach, contact the Public Works Department at (843) 913-6360, and to request a bin, email your request, name, and property address to Surfside Public Works.

Recycling in Conway

Residents in Conway may request a standard recycling bin free of charge. There are also a limited number of 65-gallon blue roll-out carts that can be purchased for $70 each. Curbside pickup takes place once a week along with other trash pickup.

To learn more about recycling and sanitation in Conway, or to order a recycling bin, contact the Conway Solid Waste Division at (843) 248-1780.

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, do your part to recycle to help keep Myrtle Beach’s environment protected from contamination. The more cardboard, glass, and plastic recycled in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas, the less that ends up in the landfills. When everyone pitches in, there’s less negative impact on natural habitats, including the water, beaches, and parks that make this area such a beautiful place.