WATCH: Trash 2 Treasure looks to reuse McGill ghetto 'trash'
It's the time of year when the McGill ghetto is overrun by piles of trash as students toss to the sidewalk what they can't take home at semesters end.
Now a new pilot project, made possible by several groups, is hoping to bring new life to the household items that would normally end up in a landfill.
Trash 2 Treasure is a free service offered to students and non-students over 10 days.
Those moving and in need of getting rid of perfectly good items can book an appointment for pickup. From there representatives from the organization will arrive in their electric truck and haul away anything that can be salvaged.
"We've been meeting property owners and building managers who tell us 'wow, this problem has been around for decades and finally someone is doing something about it,'" Gabriel Townsend Darriau told CTV Montreal.
Items in good enough condition are given to Fripe-Prix Renaissance to sell in its thrift stores, or they're offered to asylum seekers to help furnish their new apartments.
Organizers say they will continue to comb the streets for perfectly good stuff as long as people keep tossing it out.
"Sometimes there's a bit of disappointment in the fact that knowing all of this would have ended up in the street if we weren't here," said Antonina Scheer, with McGill student housing. "It's kind of a poor system, and that's what we're trying to address," she added.