WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has ordered the Department of Public Works to collect trash from national parks during the government shutdown.

The mayor announced the move Friday out of concern over the spread of vermin.

Under the mayor’s order, municipal trash collectors will begin servicing litter cans at national parks for the duration of the federal shutdown.

The collections will take place at park sites that are accessible to the public.

Those parks are ordinarily under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, but Gray says it’s necessary for local trash collectors to get involved “because the federal government cannot step up to provide this basic service to District residents and visitors.”

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