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.
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.