Info for the City of Myrtle Beach’s Solid Waste Customers

by the City of Myrtle Beach

Need a refresher about when to bring your trash receptacle inside and what’s recyclable? Here are helpful tips regarding the City of Myrtle Beach’s curbside solid waste services for residential customers.

City Code and Curbside Containers

It’s a violation under city code to leave your trash receptacle or recycling containers at curbside after your collection day. The ordinance has been in place since at least 1980. Residents are required to roll their containers to the curbside in time for their designated collection day, then remove them from curbside by 11pm that same day. 

The goal is not to have garbage cans sitting by the curb all week long. The requirement also may prevent containers from being lost, stolen or blown into the road, creating a safety hazard. Your neighbors will be very happy if you bring your garbage can in, too.

Contaminated Recycling

The Horry County Solid Waste Authority recently informed the city of an increase in contaminated recyclables and announced that it will charge the city for future contaminated deliveries. Here are some reminders about recycling to help ensure we, as residents, don’t get penalized.

  • Rinse and wash food, beverage and detergent containers. Containers with food residue will contaminate an entire batch of recycling.
  • Do not bag your recyclables. They won’t be picked up.
  • Do not sort items; we have a co-mingled system.

Here’s a list of items that can be recycled:

  • Aluminum and tin cans
  • Non-greasy cardboard and corrugated cardboard boxes (remove all packaging from inside)
  • Catalogs and magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Clean paper bags
  • Empty aerosol cans (without caps)
  • Glass bottles and jars (without lids)
  • Paper (office, school, junk mail)
  • Paperback books
  • Telephone books
  • Pourable plastic bottles and jugs (#1 through #7).

Here’s a list of items that cannot be recycled:

  • Appliances
  • Cardboard pizza boxes
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Garden hoses
  • Non-pourable plastic containers
  • Plastic butter tubs
  • Plastic plates or dishes
  • Plastic to-go containers
  • Plastic yogurt containers
  • Scrap metal
  • Tires
  • Toys.

Transfer Station Materials

The city also operates a solid waste transfer station at 3221 Mr. Joe White Avenue. It is open to the public on Fridays, from 7am-3pm. The same materials accepted for curbside pick-up are accepted at the transfer station from city residents. 

This includes garbage, recyclables, bulk waste and yard waste. In addition, clean wood waste and tires (limit is four tires per day, per person), also are accepted for recycling at the transfer station.

Contact the Solid Waste Division at 843-918-2160 for any questions. 

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