Updates to the Solid Waste Management Ordinance

by Melissa LaScaleia

In July, the Myrtle Beach City Council updated a number of rules in the Solid Waste Management ordinance. These revised rules took effect August 1, but many residents in the City of Myrtle Beach are still learning about them. Here is a quick rundown of the changes for residential services. 

  • You can set out a maximum of two cubic yards of bulk waste per week. That’s comparable to a pile approximately 3 feet tall, 3 feet wide, and 6 feet long. For bulk waste larger than two cubic yards, residents will either have to keep it until the next week’s service, or take it to the landfill themselves. Yard waste has no weekly volume limit. 
  • Call-back service is still available as an option for excess solid waste to be picked up outside the weekly schedule, although with new service charges. Residential garbage and recycling costs an extra $90 for call-back service, or $115 for bulky junk or yard waste call-backs. 
  • Garbage containers must be set out after 6 pm the day before scheduled pick up, or at least before 6 am on collection day. Residents have until 11 pm that same day to roll their containers back to their homes. Lids on the receptacles must be closed and no waste is allowed on top of the lid or outside of the bin. 
  • Yard waste that is loose (such as grass, weeds, and leaves) must be in a paper bag, while tree limbs and branches should not be any longer than four feet and four inches in diameter. Unlike garbage, yard waste can be set out at any time.

On the occasion that the solid waste ordinances are not met, a warning notice will be placed on that property outlining the corrective actions that should be taken. Code enforcement officers make rounds to the properties that have received warnings up to 48 hours later. Violations may result in a citation and restitution. 

Visit www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com to access all the recent council meetings and familiarize yourself with the ordinances. Updates to Solid Waste services are meant to encourage clean neighborhoods while deterring illegal dumping. The City of Myrtle Beach also hopes to encourage residents to work together in keeping our homes beautiful and welcoming. 

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