Operation Move-Out helps keep downtown streets clean

City crews moving furniture downtown Saturday (WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's the end of July, and that means moving time for much of downtown Charleston.

Nearly 4,000 rental homes in downtown have leases that end July 31. Historically, July 31st has brought overwhelming amounts of household items to the sidewalks and streets of Charleston.

"Predominantly{}it's generated around the three neighborhoods closest to the College of Charleston," says Director of Livability for the City of Charleston, Dan Tricia.

Those areas have been divided into three zones for "Operation Move-Out" where officers will patrol the areas to keep the streets clean and cleared. Zone One covers Line Street to Cannon Street, Zone Two Cannon Street to Calhoun Street and Zone Three Calhoun Street to Beau fain Street.

From Wednesday to Friday officers handed out informational sheets to homeowners{}so renters{}could be aware of{}their options when discarding{}furniture and other{}household items.

"We try to be proactive and notify charities such as Habitat for Humanity, the Kidney Foundation, to have these items that are used picked up prior to the move out date so that will eliminate or reduce the amount of clutter on the street," Riccio said.

Residents in these areas can leave furniture on the curb Sunday night for pickup on Monday by Environmental Services.{}The city has added sanitation crews for Tuesday and Wednesday to aid the cleanup.

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