Cleveland’s ‘smart bins’ will track residents’ recycling habits

Cleveland recycling.Cleveland’s trash collection services are about to get a major overhaul, including some high-tech methods for monitoring residents’ recycling habits. The program is supposed to roll out next year, and will include RFID-equipped bins for monitoring trash disposal.

The simple idea is this – every time your trash is collected the truck scans your bin’s RFID code. If your recycling bin doesn’t make it to the curb for a couple weeks, an auditor takes a peek at your trash can. If more than 10 percent of your trash is recyclable material, you get a fine. It seems like an odd system, and one that could be easily gamed, but then why go through the hassle if you could just recycle your waste. It is nice to see the city trying to encourage community involvement in green activity.

nPower PEG is available for purchase

nPower PEGWe’ve written about the nPower PEG (that’s “Personal Energy Generator”) a lot over the past year or so leading up to its release. Well, the day has finally come that you can order the PEG and make it your very own.

The PEG comes with the standard kinetic charging stick and your adapter of choice. The device runs $149.99, which seems a little steep considering it’s meant for use with multiple devices but only comes with an adapter for one. Still, it’s a nifty little charger, especially if you do a lot of walking throughout the day, and the company is from Cleveland. Who doesn’t want to support The Cleve, am I right?

Check out the full range of options at the nPower PEG official website.