22 August 2010

Cleveland: Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling

Nice to see the opening comments begin with what a waste of money most state sponsored recycling efforts are, without drawing a karma kill.

Slashdot | Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling:

Starting next year Cleveland residents face paying a $100 fine if they don't recycle, and the city's new high-tech trash cans will keep track if they don't. The new cans are embedded with radio frequency identification chips and bar codes which keep track of how often residents take them to the curb. If the chip shows you haven't brought your recycle can out in a while, a lucky trash supervisor will go through your can looking for recyclables. From the article: 'Trash carts containing more than 10 percent recyclable material could lead to a $100 fine, according to Waste Collection Commissioner Ronnie Owens. Recyclables include glass, metal cans, plastic bottles, paper and cardboard.'
Reason covers Cleveland frequently.  Not sure if they found a Green Police SWAT team like I did ;)

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