Recycling Help

How Do I Get Rid Of?

The following are items that you may wish to recycle, but can't find a place. The Solid Waste Authority strives to find solutions for these types of items. For items not found on this list, please contact the SC Department of Health and Environment Control's Recycling Office at (800) 768-7348 or visit www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/recycle/​​​

Asbestos

The Horry County Solid Waste Authority currently does not accept asbestos in the county landfill. Click here for more inforamtion.

Batteries

Car, truck and marine (lead-acid), alkaline, non-alkaline and rechargeable (Ni-Cad) batteries are accepted from residents (no businesses) at all of the SWA Recycling Centers. Rechargeable batteries can also be recycled at many local retail stores including Batteries Plus, Radio Shack, Target, Ace Hardware, Best Buy, Sears, The Home Depot and Cellular One. Alkaline batteries, which are regular household batteries, (for example, CD players, radios, television remotes and toy batteries) can be disposed of with your household garbage. Alkaline batteries were of particular environmental concern because they contained mercury. In the past decade or so, the batteries have been redesigned and no mercury added. The only mercury found in an alkaline battery is what naturally occurs as a trace element in other metals. In addition, many manufacturers are designing batteries for a longer life. You can also be a more selective and environmentally friendly consumer. Consider buying rechargeable batteries. Please check SCDHEC's website for more information about battery recycling.

WHERE: SWA Recycling Center - give to the site attendant.

Bicycles

If the bicycle is in good working order, sell it at a yard sale, consignment shop or donate it to charity.

WHERE: SWA Recycling Center - put it in the Scrap Metal Container

Building and Construction Materials

Shingles; clean wood; concrete and brick; mixed construction debris (insulation and wood); and land clearing debris. Please separate each material and bring separately to the landfill. Tip: separated materials will incur a less expensive tipping fee.

WHERE: SWA Landfill, 1886 Highway 90, Conway, SC. Call the SWA (843) 347-1651 for details or visit the Landfill Operations page.

CDs (Compact Discs)

If the music CD is playable, sell it at a yard sale, consignment shop or donate it to charity. CDs are not valuable and companies will not pay you to recycle them.

WHERE: The SWA does not have a CD recycling program, however, you can pay postage and mail your CDs to be recycled to one of the following companies:

The Compact Disc Recycling Center
of America
68H Stiles Road
Salem, NH 03079
www.cdrecyclingcenter.com
Sony DADC
Attn: DADC Recycling Program
1800 Fruitridge Ave.
Terre Haute, IN 47804-1788
(812) 462-8323
www.sonydadc.com
MRC Polymers (accepts CDs, DVDs and Jewel Cases)
c/o DADC Recycling Program
3307 South Lawndale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60623-5007
www.mrcpolymers.com

Cell Phones

Check with your cell phone provider's local store for recycling services or setup a recycling program as a fundraiser for your school or business.

WHERE: Best Buy - free drop-off at any store location.

Chemicals

Residents (no businesses) may bring paint (up to 20 gallons) and household chemicals to the SWA's Household Hazardous Waste Facility on the third Saturday of every month from 8 AM to 3 PM. or call for an appointment. This program does not include explosives, medical or radioactive wastes.

WHERE: SWA Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 1886 Highway 90, Conway, SC. Please call (843) 347-1651 for details on business disposal.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

Electronic Waste is defined as televisions, computer CPU's and monitors, printers, etc.

Residents living in the unincorporated areas of Horry County may recycle televisions, computer CPUs and monitors, printers, etc. at any SWA Recycling Center. Residents living in a municipality should contact their local municipality. The SWA encourages all to donate electronic items to a local charity if they are still in good condition.

Businesses wishing to dispose of and/or recycle electronic waste should contact South Carolina DHEC at 800-768-7348 or visit their business electronic waste webpage by clicking here.

For more information on E-Waste Recycling please click here to visit SC DHEC E-Cycle website.

Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids

Clean each item. Items do not have to work, but make sure you have both lenses.

WHERE: The Lions Club collects eyeglasses and donates them to those who need them. Visit www.scLions.org for details.

Fluorescent Bulb Lighting

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) and fluorescent tube lighting contain mercury and are harmful to people and the environment.

WHERE: Home Depot - CFLs are recycled at customer service desk.
SWA HHW Facility - residents (no businesses) drop off any CFL or fluorescent bulbs.

Furniture

WHERE: Residents can take items which are in good condition to The Store drop-off location at the following SWA Recycling Convenience Centers: Socastee, Loris, Homewood, Jackson Bluff, Mount Olive, Aynor, Scipio Lane, Carolina Forest and Dorman's Crossroads. You can also hold a yard sale or donate the items to a charity. If the furniture is broken or not in good condition, please place it in the Bulk Waste containers at any SWA Recycling Convenience Center.

Laser and Ink Jet Printer Cartridges

Check to see if your office at work has prepaid mail-in bags to recycle empty printer cartridges. You can also setup a recycling program as a fundraiser for your school or business.

WHERE: Best Buy - free drop-off at any store location.

Packaging Peanuts

Packaging peanuts are made of Styrofoam, which is not recyclable in Horry County. Tip: soak the peanut in water. If it melts in water, it is biodegradable and you can throw it away.

WHERE: Ask a local mailing/shipping company if they could use packaging peanuts.

Paint

Residents may bring paint and household chemicals to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility on the third Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or call for an appointment. This service is for residential HHW material only - no contractors or contractor vehicles will be accepted. Residents may dispose of a maximum of 20 gallons of paint per day. This program does not include explosives, medical or radioactive wastes. WHERE: SWA House Hazardous Waste Facility, 1886 Highway 90, Conway, SC. Please call (843) 347-1651 for details on business disposal.

Plastic Bags

The Horry County Solid Waste Authority does not have a collection for plastic grocery bags.

WHERE: Recycle these bags at your local grocery store or department store.

Styrofoam

Styrofoam - Styrofoam (or EPS, also known as the foam version of #6 plastic) is NOT recyclable in Horry County. You can donate your packaging peanuts to a local shipping company or call the Peanut Hotline at (800) 828-2214. You can also contact the Alliance of Foam Packaging for more information about recycling and check out the drop-off locations list.

Wood Pallets

The SWA accepts wood pallets at the landfill for a tipping fee. Call (843) 347-1651 for more information. Other local companies that take wood pallets include: G & G Mining Company, (843) 397-5900, in Conway, SC and The Grate Group, (843) 543-2154, in Georgetown, SC.



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VISIT THE SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY

The Horry County Solid Waste Authority offers facility tours of the Landfill, Material Recycling Facility and Recycling & Convenience Center to individuals and groups. These FREE tours are offered Monday through Friday at our location on Highway 90, outside of Conway. Please call 843-347-1651 to schedule a tour or obtain more information.