As far as getting metal cans, I think I'm stuck. Seattle provides recepticles, and unfortunately they're all plastic. I would like metal so the damned rats won't chew through them. I suppose I could set out some traps... rats are something I don't care about, but I don't really want to hurt or kill the neighborhood stray cats. The containers are on the side of the house... moving them indoors or into the garage isn't really an option.
Does anybody have any advice on how to deal with this problem? The trash can lid doesn't seal anymore since it has been so chewed through. A new can is on order, but it'll all just happen again. Thanks for your thoughts.