24 May Horry County Solid Waste Authority
In South Carolina, you have to WANT to recycle. Where does the trash go? Does it really get recycled? The Horry County Solid Waste Authority knows!
Greg: Share a little about the Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s (SWA) Programs:
SWA: “The Solid Waste Authority offers several recycling, waste reduction, and environmental services programs. They include:
a) The Store
b) Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
d) Glass Crushing Program
e) Various Education Programs”
Greg: What inspired you to start these programs?
SWA: “We wanted to reduce the amount of materials that were going into the landfill to extend the life of the landfill. We also wanted to perform, “The Three R’s,” Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”
Greg: What were you doing prior to starting these programs?
SWA: “Prior to the initiation of these programs, all materials were going into the landfill.”
Greg: What is your proudest moment so far in regards to offering these programs?
SWA: “The specialized recycling programs of the SWA are the best programs in the state. Our recycling rate as reported by the state is 29.7%, and our waste diversion rate is 31%. Through one of our education programs, Talkin’ Trash, we target and teach recycling to more than 3,000 fourth graders, and The Store is a charmer and is a success.”
Greg: Any encouraging words for others looking to start a business in this area?
SWA: “The world is the limit for recycling, and there is room for all of us.”
Greg: How do you see the SWA in a years time? Ten years time?
SWA: “We are looking for other opportunities to, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” and to develop a higher percentage to report to the state.
In ten years, our goal is to assist in the development of markets for recyclables. The more markets that are available, the more business will develop.”