RM7m to rid Paris of rats

New Straits Times - - World -

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.

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