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‘Bin brother’ has his eye on UK garbage cans

Guardian Unlimited

Half a million household wheelie bins have been secretly tagged with hidden electronic “bugs”, it has been reported. The tiny devices identify each bin so that records can be kept on the waste disposal habits of its owners, and up to 500,000 bins in council districts across England are thought to have already been fitted.

The move has raised fears that some local authorities may be planning to charge residents for the weight of rubbish they collect. The devices carry a unique serial number which can be scanned when the bin is tipped into a refuse lorry. Some lorries carry weighing equipment which collect how much rubbish is collected and link the information to the appropriate bin.

Areas where the devices are said to be in use include Crewe, Nantwich, Peterborough, South Norfolk, Woking and Devizes in Wiltshire.

August 27, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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