Coming Soon To Portland

Posted on June 8, 2012 by


They know what’s in your trash, they Green Policeknow what you eat, they know how often you bring your recycles to the curb — and they may be coming to your town soon. That is, if they’re not already there.

In a growing number of cities across the U.S., local governments are placing computer chips in recycling bins to collect data on refuse disposal, and then fining residents who don’t participate in recycling efforts and forcing others into educational programs meant to instill respect for the environment.

It’s been mentioned previously that this is on its way; just a matter of time. Britain’s had Green Police for a number of years, and now it’s arrived Stateside:

As part of a $2.5 million waste-collection system, the city plans to give residents high-tech trash carts embedded with RFID (radio frequency identification) tags that monitor how much they recycle.

If Clevelanders don’t recycle enough of their garbage, the city now has the power to issue $100 fines.

“Our whole force here is to encourage residents to properly use their containers and, when they do, that makes our system more efficient,” Waste Collection Commissioner Ronnie Owens said.

“We’re going to run reports on who this particular truck picked up from today and if it indicates on a consistent basis that your household hasn’t been recycling, then we have officers that I will send out … to check and see what’s going on.”

No word as to whether the politicians and bureaucrats behind this are to be recycled, or included in your regular trash.

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