City crews have completed their initial debris pass, with collections running more than 300 percent above their normal pace. Approximately 501 truckloads of debris have been collected since Irma hit, and crews will continue to work extended hours until collection is complete.
As the debris collection program continues, the current trash schedule is as follows: On the peninsula, James Island, and inner West Ashley, trash will be collected two days after its normal pickup date. In outer West Ashley and on Johns Island, small debris piles and bags of yard debris will be collected on their normal schedule, with large storm piles in these areas running one day later. This will continue until all debris has been removed.
The initial pass of Daniel Island and Cainhoy will be completed today. Their 2nd pass will begin on Monday, October 2.
Multiple passes by the city’s crews and contractors will continue, with the final city-wide pass anticipated to be completed by the end of October.
“We appreciate the residents’ cooperation and patience while we work to collect all of the extra storm debris. Citizens can help expedite collection by separating their debris using the C.H.E.A.T. method and ensuring the debris is not located under low hanging trees, near hydrants or on personal property,” said city of Charleston deputy director of Public Service Mike Metzler.
C.H.E.A.T. categories for collection:
C – Construction debris (building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, etc.)
H – Hazardous waste (oils, batteries, pesticides, paints, cleaning supplies, etc.)
E – Electronics (televisions, computers, radios, stereos, DVD players/VCRs, etc.)
A – Appliances (Refrigerators, washers/dryers, freezers, air conditioners, stoves, etc.)
T – Trees and vegetation (tree branches, leaves and logs)