Horry County Solid Waste budget to maintain in 2016; authority to kick off filling, sealing final area landfill

Horry County Solid Waste Authority is proposing to operate on a slighty bigger budget next fiscal year and its executives do not anticipate any rate or fee increases either.

However, if compensation for recyclables continues to decline as it has been worldwide, that loss of revenue will likely fall on the backs of those who pay for garbage service in Horry County by next summer.

The authority is proposing to operate on a $13.5 million budget next fiscal year, which begins July 1. It’s a nearly 3 percent increase from this year’s budget. An increase in tipping fees from volume of municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris combined with an increase in fees per ton for yard waste, which went from $14 per ton to $18 per ton this year, is cause for the increased budget.