School is winding down for another year. Classes at Western University end on April 7th with exams running from April 9-30. At Fanshawe College, the end of winter term is April 26th. That means that College and University students are in the final push to finish all assignments, but also that it is time for many of them to return home for the summer. While students may be excited about the prospect of leaving the academic year behind, residents of London, Ontario worry about something else being left behind—garbage.
Every year when students pack up their student residences for the season, they leave behind whatever they cannot or don’t want to take with them. This includes broken or damaged furniture, unwanted bedding, and an inordinate amount of trash. For area residents, it is an eyesore. For city workers, it represents bigger loads to haul, longer hours, and the need for extra trucks on the road.
It doesn’t have to be that way though. Not all of the things dumped at the curb are garbage. Many items don’t fit into the u-hauls that parents show up with to take their children home, so it gets abandoned, whether it has any use left in it or not. With a little pre-planning, some of that excess can be salvaged though.