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Take down your tree and turn it to green

Grinding of the Greens Ad 2019.pdfHorry Electric Cooperative is co-sponsoring with the Horry County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) for the Grinding of the Greens December 26 through January 29.

When you’re ready to take down your Christmas decorations, you can drop your ornament-free tree(s) at any of the 24 SWA Recycling & Convenience Centers. If you live in the city limits of Myrtle Beach, Conway, Surfside Beach, Loris or Aynor, you can place your trees on the curb for pick-up. City of North Myrtle Beach residents can do the same between January 2-20.

The SWA asks that you remove all decorations, including lights, decorations and tinsel. Wreaths are not accepted. All of these things can cause issues with the chipper, so double-check and make sure there is nothing left on your tree.


You can help the environment through this initiative because HEC Contractors will come in to grind your trees into free mulch for people to use. Contractors will normally do this mid-February.

Once all the trees have been ground, free mulch is available, while supplies last, to all citizens at these four locations:

  • County landfill: four miles northeast of Conway, next to SWA administrative office, 1886 Hwy 90.
  • Myrtle Beach: 10th Avenue North Extension and 21st Avenue North Extension, behind Myrtle Waves.
  • Cherry Grove: Public parking lot at Ocean Boulevard and Shorehaven Drive, near 19th Avenue North.
  • Crescent Beach: Parking lot across from the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center at 1030 Possum Trot Road, North Myrtle Beach.

When going to pick up mulch, please be sure to bring your own container.

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