An excerpt from “Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You: RFID-embedded Bins in Cleveland,” by Joe Wolverton II in The New American:
On August 18, the Cleveland City Council announced that it had approved a $2.5 million budget request for the high-tech carts for 25,000 customers. The recycling carts will contain a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that will send a signal to the city’s waste management department every time the recycling cart is rolled to the curb. If too much time passes without a signal being received, the city will send out a “trash supervisor” to rifle through the trash in search of recyclable items.
If the rubbish regulators find that the regular trash cart contains more than 10 percent recyclable material, then a $100 fine could be imposed on the guilty planet haters.
Are you going to let Big Brother become your personal garbologist, Cleveland?