I was happy to read in the Jan. 30 D.C. News in Brief section that “Residents will get new garbage cans starting next month.”

Well, I received mine last week. For $9 million, you’d think the District could supply garbage cans lids that seal. I don’t know about you, but I have raccoons in my neighborhood, and the new “Supercan” will be no match for these cunning creatures. I had been using large rocks to weigh down the lid of my old can. Still, the raccoons managed to get in and made a mess of whatever scraps they found. Now that the cans are larger, there will be even more trash to attract the undesirable vermin.

Come on, D.C.: Can’t we get a decent can?

Chris Quillian, Washington