Horry County residents throw away 6 pounds of garbage everyday - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Horry County residents throw away 6 pounds of garbage everyday

"50 percent of our landfill space is paper and cardboard," said Kendra Hooks, recycling coordinator for the Horry County Solid Waste Authority. (Source: Mandy Noell) "50 percent of our landfill space is paper and cardboard," said Kendra Hooks, recycling coordinator for the Horry County Solid Waste Authority. (Source: Mandy Noell)
Horry County has a 50 percent recycling rate, but that's not to say we couldn't be better about what we throw away," Hooks said. (Source: Mandy Noell) Horry County has a 50 percent recycling rate, but that's not to say we couldn't be better about what we throw away," Hooks said. (Source: Mandy Noell)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The next time you toss something into the waste bin, stop and think about how much you send to the curb for trash pickup. Seven hundred tons of household trash comes into the Horry County Solid Waste Authority daily. A lot of that is material you could be recycling.

Landfills don't last forever. The Solid Waste Authority says nearly 38 percent of the nation's trash consists of paper. "Paper and cardboard are the easiest things to recycle, but yet they take up the most space in our landfills," said Kendra Hooks, recycling coordinator for the Horry County Solid Waste Authority. "It's actually 50 percent of our landfill space is paper and cardboard." That means a huge amount of what we throw away every day could be recycled, but it's not. If it was, landfills would last much longer.

Over the Fourth of July weekend, the City of Myrtle Beach collected almost 74 tons of trash. Much of that was litter; some was chairs and umbrellas beach-goers just left behind.

The US Environmental Protection Agency says the average American produces more than four pounds of garbage every day.

"Horry County is even more special," Hooks said. "Because we throw away or generate about six pounds of trash every day per person in Horry County. Horry County has a 50 percent recycling rate, but that's not to say we couldn't be better about what we throw away."

The Solid Waste Authority says there are many ways you can cut down on the amount of trash you're disposing.

"Definitely be more conscious about the products you buy to make sure they have less packaging. Because more than likely, that packaging is going to end up in your trash," according to Hooks.

There are 24 recycling centers here in Horry County. To see the closest one to you, visit the SWA site here: http://www.solidwasteauthority.org/recyclingcenters.html.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly