Students are just weeks away from the start of their summer, and that means the mess of Move Out Day is almost upon La Crosse.
Like clockwork, every May, you can expect the sidewalks and streets to fill up with old furniture left behind by leaving students. It's a problem for the city, and it's a eyesore for homeowners living near campus - so city officials are reminding tenants that there's an easy way to dispose of old stuff without leaving a mess.
During two weekends this spring, Dumpster Diversion will set up on college campuses in the city. It's a city-sponsored event where people can throw their old furniture away to be re-used, recycled or disposed of. In its third year now, the program is expanding to four locations for all three colleges, with the hope that Move-Out Day will be a little less messy.
The first takes place April 26-27 from noon until 6 p.m. in Lot F on the Western Technical College campus. The second takes place May 17 on 8th and Market streets, 13th and Pine streets, and Taco Bell at Toppers.
City officials are especially concerned for the mess this year, as the city's new garbage system does not include large item collection. That means landlords will have to pay for the furniture left over by students.
Fines can run as high as $200 for abandoned items in the streets, according to the public works department.