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Inside the Horry County Solid Waste Authority on Earth Day

On Earth Day, one way to save the planet and landfill space is to recycle. (Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

Today is Earth Day, which is a day that inspires people to help save the planet.

One of the ways people can help save the planet is recycling.

As paper, plastics and cardboard fly by on the conveyor belt, Dwayne McNeil is sorting away.

The Horry County Solid Waste Authority Materials Recycling Facility sees 250 tons of recyclables each day.

The recyclables are sorted, bundled, stacked and sent to be made into something else.

"Shirts, gloves and a stuffed animal we call Murphy cause we're here at the MRF, these are all made from plastic bottles," said Victoria Johnson, Horry County Solid Waste Authority.

If the material isn't recycled, then it's trash - Tons and tons of trash.

"Our main goal is to save landfill space. And everything you see here, we're saving landfill space," said Rodney Cannon, Horry County Solid Waste Authority. "Because once our landfill is closed, the price is going to go up to ship the material out."

So on this Earth Day, and everyday, recycle.

"You are saving the world, which is really great, because we only have one, so we need to take care of it," said Kendra Hooks,Horry County Solid Waste Authority.

For more information on what and where you can recycle, visit http://www.solidwasteauthority.org/recycling.html

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