Councils in the UK are about to trial microchips in wheelie bins, which could lead to councils charging for the weight of rubbish collected within a couple of years. It’s hoped the monitoring and weighing rubbish could boost the UK’s recycling rate, which is currently one of the worst in Europe.
The RFID-based chips are being hidden under the lip of bins used for non-recycled waste. Transponders fitted on rubbish trucks read the chip’s serial number when household waste is collected. As bins are lifted, another device on the trucks weighs them. This data is then attached to the chip numbers to create a record of the quantity of waste each household creates.
According to newspaper reports, around 500,000 of the devices have already been deployed in Peterborough, South Norfolk, and parts of Cheshire, Surrey, and Wiltshire – often without the householder’s knowledge. If the trials are successful, we could be looking at taxation for excessive rubbish or fines for those who fail to recycle.
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Via The Register