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Baltimore has largely finished distributing new trash cans to residents, the Department of Public Works announced Wednesday.

Over the last five months, 172,000 trash cans have been delivered to residents, the department's director, Rudy S. Chow, said in a statement.

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Jeffrey Raymond, a department spokesperson, said around 1,200 households did not receive cans in the initial distribution. The department will deliver cans to them in the next few weeks, he said.

The department will now shift to maintaining the cans. Residents can report damaged or stolen ones by calling 311.

The large receptacles, the result of a $10 million initiative by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, are fitted with lids and wheels. The city hopes they will ease the work of trash collectors and reduce the local rat population.

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