The City of Chicago Must Pick-Up Garbage More Than Once a Week to Fight Risk of Disease Caused by Rat Population.
The city of Chicago collects garbage across the city just one day a week. According to the city website “Pick‑ups are weekly, Mondays through Fridays. Collections are made weekdays with 350 daily routes.” (http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/streets/provdrs/san/svcs/residential_garbagecollection.html)..
The large amount of garbage accumulated in alleys leads to an increase of the rat population. Garbage bags are often out of the containers, eventually landing in front of homeowners properties, and over the summer, under high temperatures, the garbage becomes decomposed, bringing to the air all kinds of germs and bacteria with thousands of flies around it.
The city asks residents for cooperation: “The Department of Streets & Sanitation needs the cooperation of residents to keep alleys rat free. You can help by making sure your trash is properly contained. Exposed garbage is the primary reason rodents proliferate. When garbage carts are securely closed, rats will eat the rodenticide and die.” (http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/streets/provdrs/rodent/svcs/rodent_baiting.html)
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