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.