WATCH: It's time for the annual McGill Ghetto garbage dump
If you've walked through the McGill Ghetto lately you may have noticed the place is kind of a dump.
"It's unsightly and it's the waste of things," resident Lucia Kowaluk told CTV Montreal while showing off a mound of trash left in an alleyway. "Obviously this amount of garbage is more than a garbage truck can pick up."
Each year, as McGill's spring semester ends and students move out and the area gets littered with just about everything.
Walk down almost any street and you'll see used mattresses, old comforters, broken furniture, and enough garbage bags to last one normal household months.
Turn the corner and you'll likely see more of the same.
The area is home to about 3,500 students, the majority of whom all leave at once. However there are still close to 11,000 residents that call the Ghetto home year round.
"It's not a very pretty sight," said student Noor Khleif. "It looks bad; it makes the streets looks bad, so I definitely understand their distress."
Ava Rofougaran said despite this being a yearly tradition, no one has come up with a real solution.
"I think it's hard to find where to throw it out because everyone has so much stuff. It's hard to carry it around. We're students and we don't have a lot of resources so putting it out is the only way," she said.
For its part the city has stepped up its garbage collection, but it can't keep up with the mess students are making.
"We have two ten-wheel trucks with a front loader that are circulating full-time in the neighbourhood. As well, two pick-up trucks that are circulating in the neighbourhood full-time and we've added resources to our twice weekly garbage pick-up," said city councillor Alex Norris.
While residents like Lucia Kowaluk say it is a good start to tackling the problem, they believe the real solution is the students need a lesson in consideration for others.