Charleston unveils war plan for 2012 installment of move-out street trash piles

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It's July, and as with every July in Charleston you can expect a lot of folks to be moving out of their apartments as the college term ends — yep, it's trash pile time.

But as with recent years the City of Charleston and College of Charleston are working to fight back against would-be piles of discarded household goods on city sidewalks and streets.

It's codename "Operation Move-Out".

The area of the peninsula most affected by the end of July move-out has been divided into three zones:

  • Zone One: From Line Street to Cannon Street;
  • Zone Two: From Cannon Street to Calhoun Street; and
  • Zone Three: From Calhoun Street to Beaufain Street.

From Wednesday, July 25, through Friday, July 27, two code enforcement officers will conduct patrols in their zones to identify locations where trash is being piled up and put out early, providing informational fliers to tenants describing alternate solutions for discarding their household items.

The flier will also inform tenants of alternative methods of discarding their household items, i.e. by donating gently used items to charities such as Habitat for Humanity and the National Kidney Foundation.

On Saturday, July 28, trucks will remove existing trash from the curbs in preparation for the July 31 move out. There will also be ten volunteers from Keep Charleston Beautiful to help in the cleanup efforts. At 8 a.m., the team leader along with code enforcement officers will begin patrolling their zone. The Environmental Services division will pick up trash at the locations identified by the code enforcement officers until 5 p.m.

Additionally, tenants may place their trash on the curb on Sunday, July 29, for regular Monday pick up service by Environmental Services. Additional sanitation crews will be collecting on Tuesday, July 31, and Wednesday, August 1, as old tenants are moving out and new tenants move in.

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