Public School Field Trips/Presentations

The Horry County Solid Waste Authority (HCSWA) offers the following free recycling and waste reduction educational programs for your classrooms.

Field Trips

Learn the importance of waste reduction and saving landfill space by touring the landfill and recycling facility. At the landfill, you will see what happens with your garbage and what happens to the food waste composted with Horry County Schools. This trip is a favorite of everyone and one to be remembered!  In addition, we will tour the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) that processes and sorts the recyclables from all over the county. The experience lasts about 2 hours and is completely free! The SWA also reimburses the school for the cost of bus mileage. Email us at with any questions or to schedule.

Public School Request Form (Horry County Public Schools)


Invite the HCSWA into your classrooms to discuss subjects on solid waste, recycling and environmental awareness subjects. Presentation topics covered include, but are not limited to: trash generated in Horry County, recycling right, litter, pollution, etc. We cater to your classroom needs and ages. Presentations can last between 30 minutes and an hour. Email us at to schedule.

Informational Videos

To view a virtual tour of the Landfill or Material's Recycling Facility, please click on the videos below. To view additional videos of SWA facilities, programs, etc. visit our YouTube page - SWA Public Education or click here.  Topics include recycling tips, battery disposal, limiting food waste, how to properly recycle, composting, etc.

School Grants

The SWA offers grant funding to schools in the Horry County School System for environmental education projects. Every year, schools are eligible to receive up to $250 for an environmental project. School Grant Application Form (Horry County Public Schools)


School Recycling Programs

Classroom Paper Recycling

Every classroom in Horry County public schools has the opportunity and should be recycling paper through the SWA's Classroom Paper Recycling Program. Each school is provided with classroom recycling bins and designated roll carts for free from the SWA. Each classroom should have one recycling bin, in which students can easily recycle classroom paper. Newspapers should be recycled separately from classroom paper. 

Acceptable Materials:

Loose and Notebook Paper (no wire spirals or cardboard)
Computer & Copy Paper (white and all colors)
Envelopes (windows ok)
Stationery Paper
Carbonless Paper
Fax Paper
Sticky Notes, Scratch Paper
Shredded Paper (place in clear bags)


Not Acceptable in Paper Recycling Program:

Magazines or Catalogs
Brown Envelopes
Construction Paper
Folders of any kind
Bottles or Cans (take to a recycling center!)
Food Waste or Snack Wrappers


Cafeteria and Commingle Recycling

 Please click here to view/download Horry County Schools Lunch posters with pictures on what goes in landfill, recycling and compost bins.

Schools produce a lot of waste, a lot that is recycled. Every school has at least one 8-yard dumpster for recycling the following materials:

 Cardboard (flattened and empty)
Metal Cans (all sizes)
Plastic Bottles and Jugs (No. 1-7, all sizes)

Please no glass, plastic bags/film, Styrofoam or food waste 

General Public~ Facility Tours/Presentations

Facility Tours

The SWA landfill and recycling facilities are available for free tours to all groups and organizations. Groups larger than 12 individuals must be able to provide their own multi-passenger vehicle, such as a bus. Tours typically last about two hours and are available during operating hours only. To request a tour, please submit the PDF Request Form below. You may either email the completed form as an attachment or print it to fax/mail it us. (Please note: due to recent security enhancements in Adobe PDF documents, online PDF submission may not work properly. Please email, fax, or mail the completed form.)

Facility Tour Request Form (Non-Public Schools, Groups and Organizations)


Group Presentations

The Public Education staff can provide a recycling and waste reduction presentation to your business or organization in Horry County, SC. Presentations typically last between 30-45 minutes. To request a presentation, please submit the Educational Presentation Request Form online or print it and fax/mail it us. Please note: Adobe Reader version 8 or above is required to submit the form online. 


The Horry County Solid Waste Authority
1886 Highway 90, Conway SC 29526 • PH: 843.347.1651 • FX: 843.347.3653 •

SWA Aerial View


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.