End coming to commercial bulky furniture blight

CORNWALL – The city will be putting a stop to sofas, couches and bed frames littering street corners for days outside commercial properties.

Cornwall councillors are expected to approve changes Monday to the solid waste bylaw to outlaw bulky item pick for commercial, industrial and institutional ratepayers.

Instead, the business owners will be responsible for getting their bulky trash to the landfill and paying the tipping fee.

If approved, the changes wouldn’t take effect until April 1, 2015.

A city report states that banning the practice for mattresses has helped the situation of eyesores on the curb.

Couns. Andre Rivette and Mark MacDonald asked in December 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 last month.

The problem appears to be especially bad in the Le Village area, according to comments from Coun. Bernadette Clement.

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