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Private donor pays for test run of trash, recycling cans along the beach

The trash cans will go out on the beach by the Boardwalk. The trash cans will go out on the beach by the Boardwalk.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The city of Myrtle Beach is taking a fresh approach to cleaning up the beach. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, council members will consider a motion for a private donor to purchase 10 brand new beach trash cans for a test run.

Mark Kruea, the city’s spokesman, says a city leader was in Florida and saw this style of trash can on the beach there and thought it would be a nice improvement to the Grand Strand beach. City leaders agreed, but there’s a big cost attached to this.

So one of the downtown merchants, Red Waldorf with the Fun Plaza, offered to pay $3,500 to purchase ten of those new trash cans as a test run. The trash cans will go out on the beach by the Boardwalk. “It’s nice to know that the downtown merchants see the benefit of providing a great experience for our beach goers,” says Kruea. “And they’re willing to step up and provide some actual cash to do a test project for these new trash cans.”

This new trash can is made by the same company that makes the machine city workers use to empty the trash cans. So Kruea says it would be a seamless transition and not cost any extra for these ten.

As city leaders work to clean up the beach, they are also expanding the beach recycling program. There was a pilot program that started back in 2013. Thirty recycling containers were placed along the beach between 24th Avenue North and 31st Avenue North. City leaders say they've seen very good results from the pilot program. So in the 2015-2016 budget cycle they discussed extending that program out into the residential areas.

City council liked that idea. So there is nearly $200,000 budgeted this year to put recycling cans along the entire length of the beach. City leaders say they're catering to visitors who expect to recycle since many are coming from cities where it's mandatory. “Many visitors say 'I can’t find a place to do my recycling, why don’t you require recycling?,'” says Kruea. “'I’m having to take my recycling back home with me so that I can recycle it.'”

It may be next summer before the entire project is complete. But in the next three to four weeks, the plan is to have more recycling cans extend from 24th Avenue North to 52nd Avenue North.

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