I suppose this story takes the fact that it's the Year of the Rat a smidge too literally. According to experts, Britain now has a larger rat population than they have human beings living in their country.
It appears as though since they halted weekly bin collecting in favor of fortnightly pickups (that’s every two weeks for those of you who don’t speak middle English) trash has been piling up and a call for recycling has never been more dire. The director of the National Pest Technicians Association said: “Fortnightly bin collections now mean it’s vital we recycle. Just putting extra food scraps on compost heaps means fantastic breeding grounds for rats to spread disease.”
To see where it's the worst,
York, which appears to be the worst hit has seen an increase in the rat population rise by 208 percent. It is estimated that there are 65 to 80 million rats currently residing in Britain’s green and pleasant land while there are only 60 million humans. Crowden warns: “In 30 years I've never known such a big rat population – and there will be an epidemic if people don't reduce food waste.” Though it sounds squirmy, they're still not as bad off as Paris (four times as many rats as people) and Myanmar, which is losing all of its food to the suckers. Which of the plagues is rats again?