Kicked To The Curb
The Western Front
April 2nd, 2017
As the days grow longer and spring flowers begin to bloom, many Bellingham residents become motivated to clear their homes and apartments of the clutter that has gathered over the winter months.
Spring cleaning, however, often leaves the sidewalks near Western littered with items too large to be disposed of properly. Community and campus groups are working to keep couches, mattresses and appliances from being left out on the sidewalk.
The Campus Community Coalition is a task force composed of partners both on and off campus with the goal of promoting positive relationships between students and the Bellingham community, coordinator Julia Burns said.
Burns said they take the issue of abandoned furniture very seriously.
“Of all the complaints we get from the community, litter and garbage is the number one thing,” Burns said.
Burns said the Campus Community Coalition works with the Office of Sustainability to sponsor Move-Out Madness, an event where large dumpsters are placed in the York, Sehome and Happy Valley neighborhoods. The event provides students with an opportunity to correctly dispose of any unwanted household items, free of charge.
Move-Out Madness is scheduled for June 16, with dumpsters located at Franklin Park, Laurel Park and the gravel lot on 26th and Douglas. Burns said this year they plan on hiring students with trucks to provide affordable transportation of large items like couches.