A Myrtle Beach trash can somehow managed to travel more than 3,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. Its destination? Ireland.

Keith McGreal discovered the receptacle and reached out to the Myrtle Beach City Government. The email, sent Sunday, informed them that the traveling trash can arriving on the west coast of Ireland in Mulranny, County Mayo. “We spotted the stickers and thought it would make a good news story. Amazing to think it traveled all the way across the Atlantic, over 5500 km away,” McGreal told WPDE.


The city is unsure exactly when the trash can went missing but it most likely was during a storm of some sort. Typically the containers are stored away before hurricanes or other weather events, but somehow this one escaped.

The City of Myrtle Beach posted the email exchange on their website:

I wanted to share some images of a Blue Trash barrel that has been washed up on our local beach on the West Coast of Ireland, Mulranny, County Mayo.   We spotted the stickers and thought it would make a good news story. Amazing to think it travelled all the way across the Atlantic. Over 5500km away.
Hoping to hear from you soon,
Keith McGreal.

Thanks for the email and photos, Keith! That’s an amazing voyage for a trash barrel, although we’d prefer that it stayed put on our beach, rather than gallivanting all over the world via the Gulf Stream. I don’t think it’s possible to tell when it went missing, but it probably was during a wind or storm event. We typically remove trash containers from the beach before a hurricane, but this one apparently had a mind of its own. We’ve already had a city employee volunteer to come fetch it. (Smile) Thanks again for sharing. Please recycle our wayward traveling can. And, come see us next time you’re on this side of the pond. Slán leat!

Gallery: Myrtle Beach