Gallery: High-Tech Bins Will Fine People for Not Recycling


Hey Cleveland, you better brush up on your recycling game or you might have a fine coming your way. The city’s officials plan to implement a smart recycling bin program city-wide that will fine residents up to $100 for not recycling. The smart bins will eventually cover all 150,000 households and will monitor how many times residents take their recycling bins to the curb. If it is noted that a household isn’t bringing their recyclables out, their regular trash will be sorted through and if more than 10% recyclables are found, they’ll be fined.

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  1. fossiliferous_g August 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

    The idea is ideal, but is it realistic? Who is going to be paid to come out and go through resident trash when their recycling cans say they’re not putting out enough recyclables? And where does that leave the community in terms of privacy?
    What about people like me who don’t necessarily recycle everything, but actually wash and reuse items like coffee cans, plastic bags and bottles? I also hang on to a lot of items for crafts and activities with my son…do I get penalized because I don’t recycle enough? Even if I don’t get charged, people would still be wasting time going through my trash to be sure that there’s less than 10% recyclables. And final question, what about those times when people are moving or spring cleaning and there is a lot of garbage that needs to be disposed of all at once? Do those loads trigger the “you-have-too-much-garbage” sensors?
    I’d love to see this work, but I might be a bit hesitant in supporting it if I come out in the morning and see some guy digging through my coffee grinds and used tampons…I mean, really. I think it would be better to offer more ways to recycle – Canada has a compost program…maybe we should look into that.

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