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Clearwater, Florida -- Leaving empty boxes curbside on trash pickup day is likeleaving an advertisement to bad guys that you just got new loot for the holidays.

"The last thing you want to do is leave those large boxes outside your house with the trash," said Police Chief Anthony Holloway. "Burglars cruise the streets looking for clues to see who got the new fancy items for the holidays."

That's why the Clearwater Police Department is partnering with the city's Solid Waste Department for a project called "Operation Safe Disposal."

Beginning Dec. 24 and continuing through Jan. 1, the City's Solid Waste Department will have large bins at eight locations scattered throughout the city. Residents can take their large boxes to these sites instead of leaving them curbside.

Here is a list of the sites where large boxes can be dropped:

  • Clearwater Police main headquarters, 645 Pierce St.
  • North MLK Clearwater Police Substation, 1310 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
  • Clearwater Fire & Rescue Station 49, 565 Sky Harbor Drive
  • Clearwater Fire & Rescue Station 50, 2681 Countryside Blvd.
  • Ross Norton Recreation Center, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
  • Morningside Pool, 2400 Harn Blvd.
  • Clearwater Beach Recreation Center, 69 Bay Esplanade Blvd.
  • Clearwater Solid Waste Facility, 1701 N. Hercules Ave.

The bins will be removed on Jan. 2

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