Bulky furniture blight; Councillors push for ban on commercial property

A couple of mattresses sit on the curb outside this Second St. West business on Dec. 9, 2014. The city will look at eliminating the practice of curbside collection of bulky items for commercial properties. A report to city council should be coming in January. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Unsightly mattresses, sofas and couches have got under the skin of a couple of city councillors.

Couns. Andre Rivette and Mark MacDonald have asked for a city report on banning the practice of dumping bulky furniture on the curbs of commercial property.

“I don’t think couches and sofas should be there. Others (commercial businesses) are complying by using (trash) containers,” Rivette told council Monday night.

Rivette is referring to a recurring problem with a furniture store in Le Village where the street has sofas and couches sitting curbside, sometimes days before pickup.

“Let’s get it cleaned up,” he said.

Coun. Bernadette Clement says she has noticed, in particular, a problem with mattresses in Le Village.

Coun. Rivette also acknowledges that there’s still a problem with residents leaving mattresses on the curb, a practice that was banned in August.

“I think that’s something else they (the environmental services department) have to do a better job in educating the people in what they can put at the curb and what they can’t put at the curb. There should be a blitz on that,” Rivette told Cornwall Newswatch.

Right now, environmental services is putting bright orange information stickers on mattresses left curbside.

A report on eliminating bulky item pickup for commercial properties will come to city council in January.

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