Off-campus college students leave behind trashy mess in Albany

May 24, 2018 07:50 PM

ALBANY - It looks like the aftermath of a hurricane. Myrtle Avenue piled high with discarded furniture and piles of garbage. However, it's not the remnants of a natural disaster. Instead, it's the disaster college students leave behind when their off-campus lease expires at the end of the semester.

"They basically just leave everything on the curb," explained Shatika Simmons a Myrtle Avenue resident. "It's disgusting, really, most of it."

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The junk went out over the weekend. Crews with the Department of General Services spent most of Wednesday -- the neighborhood's scheduled trash day -- picking up.  According to the Common Council member who represents Pine Hills, what usually takes one truck required four Wednesday -- and the clean-up took four extra hours.

"That is resources that could have been used throughout the city instead of just focusing on one area of the Pine Hills neighborhood. I believe that moving forward, that's what we need to do," noted Owusu Anane with the Albany Common Council.

Anane has a meeting scheduled with UAlbany next week. He hopes to prevent the perpetual problem from occurring next year. Sharing costs plus recycling, not pitching, are also priorities.

"One of the things that I would like to see moving forward is the universities and City Hall working together to address this chronic problem. It's a quality of life issue," acknowledged Anane.

Neighbors also have a solution -- coordinate to donate. Non-profits could make the students' trash someone else's treasure.

"It's a lot of good things that they just throw out. They waste money, basically. That's how I see it because a lot of the stuff they throw away -- there is nothing wrong with it," pointed out Simmons.

NewsChannel 13 spoke with the Department of General Services in Albany. They say it's the landlords who are ticketed if there is an excess amount of trash out at the wrong time.

They can't say if this happened this week, but says in the future if there is an enormous amount of trash, the landlord would receive the ticket and pass that cost onto his or her tenants.


WNYT Staff

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