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September 27, 2006
Big green cans coming to help Providence with rats
PROVIDENCE -- The big green cans are coming. And the rats will be sorry.
Mayor David N. Cicilline is scheduled to appear on the intersection of Beaufort and Pemberton streets at 10 a.m. this morning to promote a city-wide distribution of 47,000 "big green cans" -- heavy-duty, 95-gallon trash barrels aimed at reducing the city's rat population.
“I consider this one of our single most important tools in reducing the rodent population and creating cleaner neighborhoods in our city,” Cicilline said in a statement. “We have already begun to see good results in neighborhoods that have the big green cans and I fully expect the program to make a significant impact citywide.”
The garbage receptacles, which have already been distributed in some neighborhoods, have wheels, a hinged lid and are designed to accomodate a mechanized device that attaches to the can and empties the trash into the truck.
The heavy-duty lid cuts off the food supply for rats and prevents trash from blowing from the cans into the streets.
The Department of Public Works plans to deliver the cans to every household in the city by the end of the year, Ciciline said.
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