Flow control vote could affect Horry County waste programs

HORRY COUNTY, SC  (WMBF) - If Horry County leaders decide to stop flow control, the consequences could quickly flow down the pipeline. Area residents could see cuts ranging from jobs to the programs that help them.

Those with the Horry County Solid Waste Authority say they will have to cut at least two programs, maybe more. The first to go will be the recycling program - like the recycling and convenience centers that are placed throughout the area. Next will be the household waste program. This means if you plan to bring paint, fertilizer or waste from a home project to get rid of, facilities won't be able to accept it.

Assistant Executive Director Mike Bessant says the reason is that the company just won't have the money to properly dispose of it. This is the latest of many effects the Solid Waste Authority has said could happen-- like charging you more for your trash and the county's landfill filling up too quickly.

When it comes to cuts, Bessant says if business goes down because of flow control, they won't have a choice.

"We are going to look at the waste stream on a weekly basis to see how it compares to the prior year, and we may have to cut," explained Bessant. "We may have to exceed that cut amount. We hope we don't, but the things that will suffer are the public benefit programs."

There's a calculation for how much the Solid Waste Authority expects to lose if flow control stops: about $900,000 annually. On Tuesday night Horry County Council will make the big vote at 6 p.m. at the Government and Justice Center.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.