Horry Co. recycling centers extend weekend hours for debris cleanup

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Many people are still trying to get the storm debris out of their yards and now, some Horry County recycling centers are making it easier to get rid of yard waste.

Horry County recycling centers that are normally open on Sundays will be open until 7 p.m. Sunday night. The extended hours are to make the community cleanup easier.

"The places I've gone, the landfill, the county, it's just been crazy," says Robert Normandin, owner of Full Service Lawn Care in Myrtle Beach. "There's been dump trucks. Everything from your home owner to people renting trailers to carrying off their own debris. It's been pretty busy."

The Socastee recycling center has seen a steady stream of vehicles since last Thursday, employees say.

There are bins set up across the property, so people in a rush shouldn't have a problem.

The link to each recycling location is listed here: http://www.solidwasteauthority.org/recyclingcenters.html.

Also, certain precautions need to be taken before cleaning up yards. "When dealing with a storm like this, you really have to be aware of your surroundings," Normandin says. "There can be bees still in the wood, there can be snakes because it's been so nice lately."

Normandin says you need to wear eye protection, ear protection, a long sleeve shirt, thick pants and boots, too. If you plan to clear it out yourself, make sure you are prepared with the appropriate safety equipment.

"Dealing with this type of debris and all the storms we've had and all the broken trees and branches. It can be extremely dangerous. Especially if you're not used to dealing with it. If you only do it on the weekends once a year... it can definitely be hazardous."

Horry County offers the following safety tips to any person planning to clean yard debris.

  • Stay Alert at All Times!
  • Do not trim trees in dangerous weather conditions.
  • Perform a hazard assessment of the work area before starting work.
  • Eliminate or minimize exposure to hazards at the tree and in the surrounding area.
  • Operators of chain saws and other equipment should be trained and the equipment properly maintained.
  • Use personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, hearing protection, etc., recommended in the equipment manufacturer's operating manual.
  • Inspect tree limbs for strength and stability before climbing. Tree trimmers working aloft must use appropriate fall protection.
  • Do not climb with tools in your hands.
  • If broken trees are under pressure, determine the direction of the pressure and make small cuts to release it.
  • Never turn your back on a falling tree.
  • Be alert and avoid objects thrown back by a tree as it falls.
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