Using rigid, sealed garbage containers will make our streets cleaner, make trash collection more efficient, and end the all-night buffet we currently serve to New York’s rodents.
Sebastian is absolutely right: New York City lags behind in the way we handle trash. Open wire trash cans which overflow are unsightly, attract rats and more garbage, and should be phased out. The city should return to the idea of fewer trash cans, which has been tried successfully. (Trash attracts trash and most people will not place trash where there is no trash!) Use closed Big Belly type or the triple trash cans with recycling containers attached, such as were shown in the article. Looking at what other cities do is wise!