After trying out the big rig rubbish bins in Belair-Edison and the Mondawmin area, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said officials are ready to buy 210,000 more — which is enough for all households. City officials are putting out a call for bids so the city can purchase more cans. They are expected to cost about $10 million.

Along with giving residents more room and a pair of wheels to make the trash cans easier to move, city officials said they helped reduce rat calls in the area by 75 percent.

“We wanted to see if municipal cans make a difference,” Rawlings-Blake said. “We found that they did.”

The bigger dumps could also help the workers on the truck, SRB said.  City trash trucks — aka “pack loaders” — are outfitted with lifting arms so workers don’t have to pick all of the cans up.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

5 replies on “SRB: Everybody Gets a 64-Gallon Trash Can!”

  1. My neighbors have one of these… And a very large hole under it.. The opening to a rat nest… Not so preventive to stop the baltimore rats…. This also won’t stop people from throwing their trash on the ground. I won’t be able the move this thing. My trash is picked up in front.. Where am i I supposed to store this?

  2. I have my own damn trashcan, thankyouverymuch. It’s metal and rat-proof. I certainly don’t need the city to buy me a trashcan. And where am i supposed to store this thing? it’s youuuuge! (as trump says)

  3. We don’t have that much trash to warrant that much money. We put out at the most 2 small kitchen size bags in our metal trash can. We do have a lot of yard weeds, leaves, twigs, etc that we put out in those big bags.

  4. I wanted to add a few ideas to noodle over because GreenLaurel here has followed Baltimore’s trash scenario for years. I love recycling and trash because it’s a system in place where citizens can do some good green effort without any change of behavior. 1) There are many people that for some reason don’t buy trash cans, and place a plastic bag of garbage on the street creating a tasty rat cafeteria. 2) Uniform trash cans may be the first step in a system for the city to charge for trash, recycling is free and lower sanitation bills. (Which no one knows what we pay for trash because it’s buried in our confusing water bills, and right now we pay trash based on how much water we use?) 3) Using the fork lifts to carry up 32-gallon, and often much heavier loads, reduces injuries. 4) Maybe this means that SRB is taking greening and cleaning Charm City more seriously as Ms. Dixon did and getting trash off our streets. 5) The goal is less trash which is an expense, and recycling at the max because baltimore City EARNS about $25 per ton for selling our recyclables. 6) The city piloted this program and reducing Vector calls (that’s the name of City’s rat team) is a big deal. I listened to our chief vector dude at a talk , wow is all I can say. Eliminating rates is tough, and also has some public health benefits.

    I’m just adding a few thoughts. I respect and get everyone’s trashing of the trash cans. And for those idiots that drop trash on their own streets, karma will thwap them on the head (I hope.) I actually confronted (very politely) a man who unloaded his cig butts at a a gas station-he was so embarrassed, cleaned it up, and said, “my kids would kill me right now.”

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