RM7m to rid Paris of rats
PARIS: The mayor of Paris said on Sunday the city will spend €1.5 million (RM7 million) to rid the French capital of rats and install more public ashtrays to clean up the city’s streets.
In an interview with Journal du
Dimanche weekly, Mayor Anne Hidalgo unveiled a 10-point plan to make cleanliness a “priority”.
The measures include increasing the number of sanitation workers, expanding the hours for garbage pickup, and urging restaurants and buildings to provide more ashtrays at entrances and exit points.
Municipal workers collect more than 150 tonnes of cigarette butts every year here.
“We already allot €500 million a year for cleanliness and waste management and the situation has improved,” she said.
“But it is clear that Paris is not yet clean. I want to speed up, increase efforts. It is top priority.
“In a civilised city, cleanliness must be everybody’s responsibility,” she said, calling for a change in the mindsets and habits of residents.
“In Tokyo, everything is clean and yet there are no dustbins because people wait to get home before throwing their waste.”
Paris had come under fire in December for allegedly dragging its feet before it launched a “war on rats”.
Most of the criticism was centred on Hidalgo and the city’s environmental health services chief.