De Blasio’s plan to defeat rats: Buy hundreds of $7G trash cans
Rats beware — the city is launching a $32 million plan to drive the pesky rodents out of the most invested New York neighborhoods, Mayor de Blasio announced Wednesday.
The plan includes hundreds of new high-tech rat-proof trash cans — which go for a whopping $7,000 a pop — and would force buildings in targeted neighborhoods to take out their trash between 4 and 6 a.m.
The push targets three areas with the most rat complaints — Chinatown, the lower East Side and East Village in Manhattan, Grand Concourse in the Bronx, and Bushwick and Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. It aims to reduce their rat population by 70% there.
“I don’t know any New Yorker who likes rats,” de Blasio said at a Chinatown press conference.
“They’re dangerous, they’re unhealthy,” he said. “I will admit personally to having a certain admiration for Pizza Rat, but that’s the only rat I have ever managed to like.”
The city is buying 336 big belly-style solar-powered trash cans, which keep rats out with a mailbox style opening and compact trash tossed into them. Their hefty price-tag includes a maintenance contract. Officials will also replace 1,676 wire waste baskets with steel cans.
The plan is sure to result in some unhappy supers — de Blasio is proposing legislation that would require buildings with 10 or more units in the targeted areas to put out their trash after 4 a.m., instead of the previous evening as is currently allowed.