County picks up trash efforts

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Hundreds of thousands of dollars, thousands of pounds of debris, hundreds of trash bags - all add up as Horry County picks up its effort to curb litter.

This week, the Horry County Council met to discuss an update on a litter campaign recently launched to clean up roadways and parks within the county.

The budget for the roadside litter program equals $333,000. Of that, $125,000 comes from the General Fund, while an additional $208,000 comes from Accommodations Tax.

Clyde Strickland serves on the Keep Horry County Beautiful Board and believes the money is well spent.

"It is going to good use. The main corridors like 31, 501, and 17, the majority of litter has been picked up," said Strickland.

Those main corridors have had 342 calls for service since March 1, 2014. The Horry County Police Department responded to the litter calls for service and have issued 20 litter citations since July 1, 2014.

Highways 501, 544, 17, 9, 22, and 31 are picked up every 21 days. On average, crews clean 120 miles of roadway every month. That results in an average of 500 bags of household trash. In addition, the haul includes an average of 3,000 pounds of roadside debris including mattresses, tires, and other roadside debris.

The county has created three litter teams. Each consists of one county employee with three temporary workers. Two of those litter teams area currently up and running with the temporary workers averaging 32 hours of work per week.

In addition, new equipment has been purchased. Three ATVs and one 18 foot trailer are currently being used by the county in the pickup efforts. Another two twenty foot trailers have been ordered.

The next Horry County Community Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 8. It will include 11 cleanup sites in 11 districts with a post-celebration party at the Myrtle Beach Speedway.

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