About the Program

Talkin’ Trash (TT) is a school recycling and waste diversion competition that encourages elementary schools to engage in waste reduction, recycling, composting, and waste management practices. Originally created by the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, the Talkin’ Trash program has been introducing students to recycling and environmental awareness since 2000. The program has fostered a mutually beneficial partnership between the Horry County Solid Waste Authority and Horry County Schools (HCS). This year we are excited to bring you this year’s new Talkin’ Trash competition.

The TT program now goes beyond collecting segregated recyclable material each month and there are some exciting new features. Your school will have an opportunity to examine its entire waste portfolio which includes landfill trash, commingled recyclables, classroom paper recycling, and compostable material. The students will also be tasked with completing Challenges over the course of the competition to improve the waste management practices at your school and to earn points in the competition.