Operation Move-Out

July 23, 2012

CHARLESTON, SC – July 23, 2012 – A large number of leases for rental properties in downtown Charleston are over at the end of July. In the past, this has resulted in a build-up of discarded household goods on the City sidewalks and streets as renters and college students move out.

In an effort to better manage the removal of the trash from the public right of way, the City of Charleston will conduct “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- Area covering from Line Street to Cannon Street, Zone Two- Area covering from Cannon Street to Calhoun Street and Zone Three- Area covering from Calhoun Street to Beaufain Street.
From Wednesday, July 25th through Friday, July 27th, two code enforcement officers will conduct patrols in their zones to identify locations where trash is being piled up and put out early.   These code enforcement officers will provide an informational flier 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, 2012, Operation Move-Out will be a day for trucks to 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 8:00 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 5:00 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 are moving in.