A few days after Queen’s University’s out-of-period and semester ended, the students who packed up and went back to their hometown left a significant amount of trash and belongings on the streets of the University District.
Oliver Hill says he was once homeless and now lives in the University District. Oliver looks forward to breaking out of the confusion each year.
“It really feels like dropping small drops of Santa into the street so that I can pick them up,” he said.
“Getting this place with only one bag on my back, and like my basic needs and then being able to fill it with amazingly good furniture, it really feels like a blessing every single year,” Oliver continued.
Matthew Tyrell helped his younger brother move out of their off-campus shared residence last week, but says he struggled to find resources to properly dispose of the furniture. Not wanting to leave trash and large items on Ankush, he looked for a place to give them a place and paid them to dispose of them properly at the dump of the construction site.
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“The students are absolutely right, you know, partly to blame for the amount of waste left around. But when cities and schools specifically set students up to fail, they have to go and If they don’t offer very clear options to dispose of their belongings, or are the best ways to get out, then it’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy, “Tyrell said.
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Tyrell said the university has not clearly indicated where students can dump large items and that relocated weekends may be better organized. Oliver echoed that statement, saying that the lockdown made things more complicated than usual.
Oliver said, “Once things become a little more common, maybe connect with community groups or where you can donate things instead of chucking or selling them.”
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In a note to students at Kingston University sharing a list of resources to bring goods and waste across the country, Queen’s University stated, “Permanent move-outs mean donations, merchandising, recycling and the running of unwanted goods Take responsibility “
Adam Mueller, coordinator of public education and Solid Waste Services, says the city started a dialogue with the students about a month ago in anticipation of a big spring move.
“Back in March, we provided information to students as well as St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University on how to create a disposable plan. Knowing that the students have not given immediate attention to dealing with it, we have informed them about the various transport centers in the city.
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Oliver said, “Always being out there for people … is a little less fortunate, and seeing how you can help them with stuff that doesn’t mean much to you.”
Oliver exacerbates the epidemic and the illusion of being limited to services. For Oliver, the move-out season this year included textbooks and a new bed. Tyrell and his brother are not the only students left to figure out how to dispose of large items.
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