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New moving company hopes to help UW students during chaotic moving week

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Driving around UW-Madison campus you may have already noticed the occasional couch on the curb, the book shelf at the end of the block or the mattress on the sidewalk. This week thousands of students and downtown residents will be moving in and out of their apartments during what many locals have dubbed "Moving Days."

The five day period has always been a chaotic time for college students, but this time around a new moving company is hoping to make things easier. The Bellhops moving company was started a few years ago by college students in Tennessee. Earlier this year the company started a chapter at UW-Madison and now 40 student workers are employed with the company.

"We're up to about 50 jobs. That's quite a few. It's been like two or three per day on average," Bellhops local chapter director Matt Prell says.

Besides UW-Madison, local chapters are also in the works at UW-Platteville and UW-Milwaukee. Customers can find these groups on getbellhops.com and sign up for their services. Depending on how long the job takes and how many bellhops you request, customers can expect to pay an average of $160 for a job.

"When the customer books the job, the two guys who are on the move will send a picture of themselves to the customer so they know exactly who they will have on the move," Prell says.

The student workers between $13 and $15 an hour and are fully insured by the company. Most employees like Prell know their way around moving week. Being a junior at UW-Madison, Prell has already been through two moving weeks. Come Thursday he'll be homeless for two days when his old lease runs out and he waits for his new lease to begin.

"If you can, stay away from the campus area, because the streets are cluttered and it's a gigantic mess," Prell says.

Madison recycling officials are urging drivers to avoid the area around East Johnson Street as much as possible this week. Most of the street is currently under construction. On top of that are a few thousand college students running around moving from one home to another. Plus, city garbage collectors will be out picking up couches, mattresses and other items that are left on the sidewalk. City officials plan to send out garbage collectors as early as 3:00 a.m. on Thursday and Friday so they can get in and get out before the early morning commute.

For information on what can and can't be left out on the curb, visit the City of Madison Street and Recycling website at: http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/refuse/movingDays.cfm


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MADISON (WKOW)-- Driving around UW-Madison campus you may have already noticed the occasional couch on the curb, the book shelf at the end of the block or the mattress on the sidewalk. This week thousands of students and downtown residents will be moving in and out of their apartments during what many locals have dubbed "Moving Days."

Every year thousands of unwanted items get left on the side of the road. City and university officials are once again preparing to collect as much waste as possible before it clogs up city sidewalks. Officials are asking residents to keep in mind their short list of rules for what can and can't be left by the curb. For more information click here.

Tonight on 27 News at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. Gordon Severson explains what can and can't be recycled and also introduces a new company started by college students that helps their fellow classmates move in and out of their apartments.
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