Charleston preps for busy move out weekend

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - This weekend is the busiest weekend for renters moving out of properties in downtown Charleston, as lease agreements come to an end in July. In the past it's lead to a big trash problem on city streets, but city staffers are cracking down to make sure people follow the rules.

For recent college grad Andrew Stubenrauch, after a year of living at his downtown Charleston apartment, it's move out weekend.

"If we don't take our trash out before Saturday, our landlord is going to fine us," Stubenrauch said.

The City of Charleston says when leases end and people move out, it leads to excess trash and dumping on the streets. To manage the discarded items Charleston city code enforcement is out in full force, calling it "Operation Move Out."

"We've gotten complaints in the past from neighborhoods where the stuff has built up for a number of days so we're trying to address it in a more aggressive way this year," Tim Keane, Charleston Director of Planning, said.

Officers with the city Livability Division will be out Saturday looking for people who dump their trash on the streets, and they're telling people not to take trash cans out until Sunday.

They are targeting areas like: Line Street, Cannon Street, Calhoun Street, and Beaufain Street. The operation will also help cut down on trash, as officers will identify items left behind that are salvageable and can go to charity. If there are good items, they can be set on the street Saturday.

"The Kidney Foundation is working on it. We want them here because some of this furniture is in good shape, so they can pick it up, take it to their store, sell it," Keane said.

City crews will be out all day Saturday with trucks and a claw machine to remove large items. On Sunday regular trash can be set out for Monday pickup.

City officials say they had about 50 dump-outs on Thursday, where people haul all their trash out onto the sidewalks or streets. They expect about 100 dump-outs on both Saturday and Sunday.

Operation Move Out began Wednesday with officers patrolling the area and writing people warning tickets who left their trash out early. This is the first year city officials have sent out multiple cleanup crews to handle the volume of trash.

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