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A waste audit is an assessment of what your school is throwing away. Conducting a visual waste audit is a great way to evaluate the waste that is disposed of and how much of that waste could have been recycled, composted, or donated.


Every classroom in Horry County public schools has the opportunity and should be recycling paper through the Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s (SWA) Classroom Paper Recycling Program. Each school is provided with paper classroom recycling bins and designated roll carts for free from the SWA. Each classroom should have one recycling bin for paper and another recycling bin for all other recyclables (commingle) that are provided by HCS Facilities Dept.


All Horry County Elementary Schools have food waste recycling roll carts from SMART Recycling, contracted out by HCS Facilities. Challenge: Conduct a visual waste audit at school and answer the following questions:

1. What kinds of waste are in the garbage?

2. Are there recyclable or compostable materials in the trash?

3. What could we have done to reduce the amount of garbage?


Have students create an information station for classrooms to utilize to encourage Paper, Commingle Recycling and what can and cannot be composted.


To view/download already made HCS posters, visit


To receive points, please submit photos and student responses to on or before October 31, 2023

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