The Recycling Market Development Advisory Council is working with coastal counties in the state to investigate ways to improve access to recycling at high-traffic areas near major tourist destinations. The more material recovered for recycling, the more industry can transform into value added products. South Carolina counties with beaches include Horry, Georgetown, Charleston and Beaufort. The Towns of North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Kiawah and Hilton Head are coastal municipalities that have active beach recycling programs.

Commerce staff worked with the City of Myrtle Beach on a pilot project to increase recycling collection along the beach. The City of Myrtle Beach provided recycling containers at public access points in a seven block area and project results included:

  • Project timeframe was April 8, 2013 - October 29, 2013
  • 40 containers with 13.65 tons of recyclables collected
  • Majority of material collected was free of contamination

The outcome of this successful project is that the City of Myrtle Beach is interested in continuing the beach recycling program and has requested funding to support it. Charleston County is also looking to expand its beach recycling efforts.