Horry County in talks to accept Charleston County recyclables

The Horry County Solid Waste Authority is negotiating with Charleston County officials to bring about 72,000 tons of recyclables to the landfill throughout the next two years — a move that could net the authority more than $1.6 million.

Earlier this year, the authority was talking about having to increase garbage fees in Horry County because it is anticipating a $600,000 revenue decrease this year in recyclable sales revenue. That’s because market prices for recyclables like scrap metal, paper, cardboard, and more have dropped due to an over saturated market.

But this deal would work to the authority’s financial benefit as it anticipates to lock in a $135-per-ton minimum from Charleston County, netting an anticipated $70,000 per month, said Mike Bessant, assistant executive director at the Horry County Solid Waste Authority.