Spotlight on Environmental Awareness Program

The Solid Waste Authority’s Spotlight on Environmental Awareness (SEA) program recognizes agencies/ businesses/companies that practice reducing, reusing and recycling in their daily operations, promotes the conservation of natural resources and/or utilizes sustainable business practices. The SWA’s SEA program will recognize these businesses quarterly. Please contact us at and let us know of any business/company/agency whose business practices are “Protecting Tomorrow’s Environment Today”.


June Recipient - Crooked Oak Tavern

Mr. Chris Synder, Owner of Crooked Oak Tavern, Conway, SC- June 2022 SEA Recipient

Family owned and operated, the Crooked Oak Tavern has a fresh take on dining. Established in 2018, the Crooked Oak Tavern strives to provide distinctive, sustainable farm to table dishes and local produce in an ethereal, eco-friendly restaurant that’s kind to Mother Earth from the kitchen to the front of the house. The Crooked Tavern Oak is dedicated to reducing their environmental impact and to providing a better future for our planet. This is evident as soon as you walk unto the property. The restaurant is expanding and repurposing many materials from the old Abram’s building, a reminder to patrons that to waste not, is to want not. They utilize Greenware compostable straws, plant-based cups, biodegradable to-go bags, and strive to be paperless. Electronic payment, paperless gift certificates, no paper menus, and wheat fiber/sugarcane to-go boxes are utilized to reduce environmental impact. In addition, to-go orders are not offered in an effort to reduce waste. The Crooked Oak Tavern utilizes the most environmentally friendly equipment in their kitchen, such as energy efficient commercial appliances.

Every effort in the name of sustainability has been made, from using eco-friendly merchandise to choosing menu items based on their sustainability. Being utilizers of the Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s Commingle Recycling Program, reduce, reuse and recycle are terms they commonly use. Visit the Crooked Oak Tavern in person at 328 Laurel Street, Conway, SC 29526, online at or via their social media platforms at and to learn more about their environmental and community efforts.

For more information on the Spotlight on Environmental Awareness program, please contact the Solid Waste Authority at 843.347.1651.

Previous Recipients

July 2020 - Spokes of Hope

February 2020 - Sassy Fish, Vintage Flatware

November 2019 - Coastal Carolina University

July 2019 -  Shine Café, bFIVE40

March 2019 - Benjamin's Bakery, H&M Group and Lowe's Food Store


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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.