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Trash talk: neighbours and landlords being proactive about moving day garbage

Move-out month in student neighbourhoods like Sandy Hill once meant residents had to brace themselves for a month of navigating sidewalk mazes piled high with over-flowing garbage bins and discarded Fjellse bedroom sets.

But the city says the problem has become much less of a concern because of the efforts of landlords, city councillors and the universities.

Marilyn Journeaux from environmental services said the city worked closely with the Eastern Ontario Landlords Organization to distribute flyers with detailed information on the rules for garbage disposal this month, including key dates and contacts.

Some landlords in the area have even rented large dumpsters to make sure they don't get hit with the hefty $300 and $500 fines that can accompany piles of trash put out too early.

One student moving out Monday afternoon, Jordan Yates, said he was doing his best to donate items rather than curb them.

"I've noticed a few different places with huge piles of garbage, but I'm a big advocate for recycling and sustainability," he said, adding that he dropped off goods at the University of Ottawa's office of sustainability, which organizes an annual "dump and run" program at move out time.

There's still lots of trash–a few eyesore piles of couches, mattresses and old furniture could be seen Monday afternoon in the area–but councillor Mathieu Fleury said complaints are now much easier to deal with.

"The problem is not as complex as it was before, because we now have a dedicated truck and dedicated by-law staff that review the area," he said.

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