Don’t let this plan be­come a rat feast

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION - let­ters@wash­post.com

I was glad to see the ar­ti­cle about the District’s plan for com­post­ing bins and curb­side pickup [“From the trash can to top­soil,” Metro, Aug. 8]. Al­though I want to sup­port this whole­heart­edly, I was dis­ap­pointed that there was no men­tion of an in­te­grated plan for ro­dent con­trol.

If the District could come up with a re­ally ef­fec­tive rat-proof bin for food waste, this would be a big step for­ward. With­out it, this plan would be a non-starter in my Adams Mor­gan neigh­bor­hood. When new trash and re­cy­cling bins were dis­trib­uted a few years ago, the rats ate through vir­tu­ally all of them in a few days. Food-waste bins of sim­i­lar con­struc­tion wait­ing for curb­side pickup would sim­ply pro­vide an ad­di­tional buf­fet for our thriv­ing rat pop­u­la­tion.

Bill King, Wash­ing­ton

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