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Larger, Lidded Trash and Recycling Containers Coming to Cranston

The new bins will hopefully combat the rat problem.

(Photo: Steve Harter)
(Photo: Steve Harter)
Rats in Cranston might soon be having a harder time finding a lunch thanks to a deal in the works between the city and Waste Management to begin distributing large rolling trash and recycling carts throughout the city.

City officials haven't announced the plan yet, but in the coming weeks, they are expected to start a promotional campaign to get the word out and let people know they're coming.

With the city battling an ongoing rat problem, many hope the new bins will put a lid on the problem mainly because the new bins have built-in lids. In some neighborhoods, uncovered trash cans are blamed for giving rats an easy meal and perpetuating the problem.

The steady stream of rats in some neighborhoods has been a source of constant consternation for some, despite efforts by the city to bait, trap and poison them aggressively. The City Council even passed a resolution that asks Cranstonians to limit the number of bird feeders on their properties to one.

Patch Reader Steve Harter posted these photos of rats on our Facebook page. They are from the Eden Park area.

"These suckers are just getting bigger," he said. 

We'll have more details soon. 

Becca January 15, 2014 at 06:30 AM
This is so disgusting!
Chris12 January 15, 2014 at 07:40 AM
Rats also feed on dog poop that dog walkers (not all) leave behind. In the Knightsville neighborhood dog walkers (not all) bring their dogs to THE PLAYGROUND on Florida Ave. The dog walkers(not all) leave the dog poo all around the play ground for rats to feed on AND FOR CHILDREN TO STEP IN. If you see anyone not picking up their dog poop please educate them. Rats feed on dog poop
Elizabeth Roy January 15, 2014 at 08:34 AM
Hopefully soon. I do have a covered trash container, but it will be great to have rolling recycling containers, as I experience difficulty picking them up. Saw a rat in the driveway next to mine last week. Disgusting.
Bob January 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM
I can see the headline now.....Rats ticketed in Cranston....failure to eat out of the new trash bin....
Elizabeth Roy January 15, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Fabulous Bob!!! But you know it depends on the neighborhood and who the councilmen are!
Steven r January 27, 2014 at 07:09 AM
Maybe the rats are feeding off all those ProJo Expresses that nobody wants dumped on their property. Why not fine the Providence Journal for littering.
Elizabeth Roy January 27, 2014 at 07:14 AM
Why not fine the lazy residents for not picking them up and throwing them away too! Oh yeah, that and not bothering to put away their trash barrels once trash is collected and for not bothering to shovel the sidewalks. Sometimes I feel like I am living in South Providence. This city is full of lazy, don't care residents!
Steven r January 27, 2014 at 07:26 AM
The residents did not ask for this litter, because the journal cannot sell much newspapers, anymore. The house, where I keep seeing it has 4 or 5 newspapers seems to be empty. My original comment was actually a joke. The journal gets paid for every one dumped on, weather you want it or not(unless you call them and cancel).

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