Baltimore's spending panel on Wednesday agreed to purchase huge, durable trash cans on wheels for all households in Baltimore — part of a plan to better control the city's rat population.

The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, awarded the $8.9 million contract to low-bidder Schaefer Systems International of Charlotte, N.C.. The deal costs about $1 million less than city officials had anticipated.

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The city expects to deliver the trash cans — which will be emblazoned with the city seal — by early next year. The 64-gallon receptacles will come with two wheels, a tight-fitting lid and a tracking device.

Schaefer Systems was among five firms that bid on the work. The other bids ranged from $9.3 million to $10.3 million.

Rawlings-Blake has said she wants to build on the success of a pilot program launched a year ago that provided more than 9,000 trash cans to residents in Belair-Edison and the Mondawmin area. There will be no cost to residents, city officials said.

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