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Do Poisoned Rats Belong in the Landfill?

RATS being disposed in the trash - Safety of children and elderly is always a concern and I do not set well with illogical information and question it.

I have been long bothered by the manner in which residents are forced to deal with the rats and disposal in their garbage.  A few weeks back a resident stated he had only half his barrel emptied on trash day and the remainder was mostly dead rats.  NO RESIDENT should have do deal with this.  YUCK!  Moreover, I was very alarmed hearing Poisoned rats or rats surmounting to more than 3 were being dumped and not just by 1 resident, rather neighborhoods. 

After driving into my street yesterday and seeing a big one run over I see the problem is now reaching my neighborhood.  I was vocal back in 2008 because I thought it was important, in light of the fact that it wasn't even in my neighborhood - but that's me.  Whatever interests me I attach to, and now this rodent(s) are here in my neighborhood and I wanted to know the protocol. 

Former Councilman Robert Pelletier, seems to be a concerned citizens no matter if he's filling a seat or just as a resident.  He answered my FB post and said this yesterday:

Robert Pelletier answered: Question 1 - Yes, Question 2 answer is 2 part, no to enforcing and yes they do have someone but they are enforcing building and other city codes except this one also ZERO tickets have been written Question 3 its not on the city website, but i found this online http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_dispose_a_dead_rat THANKS ROB!!!

BUT, I am still awaiting a response from the RI Resource Recovery on this disposal of animals. I know from a disease standpoint it is not wise for birds...but what about rats? Doesn't seem logical to me to have 20-30 rats sitting in your trash barrel. hmmmmm.Answer to: How do you dispose a dead rat? wiki.answers.com It is very simple to remove a dead rat, but you have to do it very carefully, for rats can carry deadly diseases, and even mites, fleas, ticks exc.

TODAY, I was prompted to call and then follow-up as RIRRC requested with an email stating:

Hi Steve (RIRRC),

Thanks for taking my call.

To recap. I looked on your website and only saw information pertaining to disposal of DEAD animals with reference to only a bird, because of the influenza they carry. You said you recollected hearing back in 2008 of the Cranston RAT problem which has become and issue yet again - due to never fully being eradicated.

Residents throw...not 1 rat, 2 rats or a handful. But dozens multiplied in the Stadium, Bain and now some other areas in Cranston. I am told by City Council that it is fine to throw away under City Ordinance.

I am not comfortable with Poisoned Rats being thrown away at the Landfill. The method that City Officials have been using to destroy them and throwing them away. I am not comfortable with poisoned rats being thrown into our landfill as they carry diseases - please see CDC.gov fact sheet below. Safety of children and elderly is always a concern and I do not set well with illogical information and question it.

That said, I would really appreciate your response on "protocol and requirements" in disposal of small caucuses vs. larger dogs etc. I'm sure there must be something on Farm animals (said in tongue and cheek). I am merely trying to establish a solid answer 1) somewhere on your website for cities and towns to read 2) to stop the current disposal and guide us to a solution whether its BURNING them or whatever.

Thanks so much!

http://www.orlandorats.com/diseases.htm Here is information on some of the diseases caused by rats, as gathered from the Center For Disease Control & Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/

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Pawt Vill August 21, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Not surprised that Pelletier is a rodent expert.
Maya Lincoln August 22, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Thank you for writing this article. I also love the link that is attached. I say Rodents do not belong disposed in garbages or landfills (poisoned or not). Look at all the diseases that could be spreading in the air from that. This is an extremely concerning safety and health issue for all of the citizens. I hope that this gets fixed A.S.A.P.
Suzanne Arena August 25, 2012 at 01:50 PM
From the Operations Manager at RIRRC. There is no regulation against the animals being disposed of in a Subtitle D Lined Landfill. "This was looked into before when a question was asked to us about the killing of about a dozen llamas (I think it was llamas). I had researched the RI Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste and Medical Waste disposal regulations and there is no prohibition against the disposition of this type of mass collection of animals into a solid waste landfill. The following is from the RI DEM Regulation DEM-OWM-MW-1-2009 defining regulated Medical Waste: Animal Pathological Waste: Contaminated animal carcasses, body parts, and bedding of animals that were known to have either: 1) been exposed to infectious agents during research, including research in veterinary hospitals, production of biologicals, or testing of pharmaceuticals or 2) been infected with highly communicable endemic diseases that are indicated in Appendix V to require special handling of carcasses and other materials. I also spoke with DEM awhile back and there is no prohibition on us taking dead animals here. I understand the concern stated below, but disposing of them in a Subtitle D Lined Landfill poses no additional risk to the public. ~Brian" Think about your GUT instinct - this doesn't sound right. So Vets, farmers, etc can practice such disposal and we simply hope all is good. SCRATCH, scratch.
Suzanne Arena August 25, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Here's what I would like to propose because I find it to be unacceptable conditions in dumping of 'mass' carcasses and there is no method for checking to see if they are diseased. I will work with RIRRC and gain support to craft Legislation ( I will see what other areas mandate in Northeast or the State House Researchers can)? We need to raise alarm and ask for Legislation to protect our health, safety and wellbeing.
Henry J Peter August 25, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Lier, Lier pants on fire! I will admit - Rats make great news headlines. I love sensationalizm!

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