City wants to clean up ‘bunkhouses’

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Ottawa -

The com­mu­nity and pro­tec­tive ser­vices com­mit­tee has ap­proved a two-year pi­lot to limit waste at Sandy Hill “bunkhouses.”

Ac­cord­ing to a staff re­port, con­ver­sions of tra­di­tional sin­gle-fam­ily homes into stu­dent houses with as many as 20 bed­rooms, dubbed “bunkhouses,” has led to an in­crease in waste and stor­age chal­lenges.

That leads to greater costs re­lated to “the large amount of waste col­lected, staff time en­forc­ing solid waste guide­lines and prop­erty garbage man­age­ment in­frac­tions.”

The com­mit­tee has agreed to amend the prop­erty main­te­nance and prop­erty stan­dards by­laws to limit the waste and re­cy­cling con­tain­ers to eight per prop­erty, and re­quire their stor­age in back­yards, side yards, or en­closed in the front yard. Coun­cil votes on the is­sue June 28.

Ryan tu­milty/metro

RIBS ARE On! meat and GREET Steve Vaughn, man­ager of Texas Out­law BBQ in Ken­tucky, slathers up some ribs be­fore the lunch rush Thurs­day at the Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street. The event runs un­til Sunday.

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