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.