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Council’s Watching Your Waste

TI-RFid chip under bin

Council’s these the days are now going to great lengths to insure that we are recycling and doing the right thing with our waste. The problem I have is the lengths that some Council’s are taking to ensure we comply with their recycling Policies.  TI-RFid has now been inplmented in Ryde and Randwick councils; see the SMH article on Tracking device on bins ensures residents chip in. This will be used to measure the weight of bins, time of collection of bins.

“But the councils insist they are not spying on their residents’ waste habits, or planning to use the technology to increase waste levies in the future.

They say they are using the data to help identify areas where people are not recycling enough.”

“Bin weight data will help identify average bin weights by type and suburb. This information will also be used to develop waste education material,” a Randwick City Council spokeswoman, Alexandra Power, said.”

What this shows is that council’s believe they need to monitor their residents as they can not trust them to do the right thing. This could show that Council’s are trying to measure usage with the aim to charge more on the customer if their waste is high. Well only time will tell. Will be interesting to watch its progress and whether other waste services and Council’s will adopt similar strategies.