Sep 152010
 
 September 15, 2010  Non-U.S.

Laura Baziuk reports:

Officials in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley plan to use camera-equipped garbage trucks to film what gets dumped in order to make sure people are recycling properly.

Since the introduction last year of a three-bin system, providing garbage, recycling and yard waste bins, waste contamination has become a big problem, said Peter Rotheisler, manager of waste reduction at the Central Okanagan Regional District. While the system has helped to keep more material out of the landfill, it costs about $300,000 a year to pull out any materials in the wrong place.

The cameras will be able to record what is thrown out so city staff will have proof of bad behaviour.

“We’ re not watching people…. We’re looking for material types — paper, carboard, garbage — in the wrong spot,” Mr. Rotheisler said.

Read more on  National Post

Is there any reader here who doesn’t believe that this will eventually be used to watch people to see who’s creating the problems?

Thanks to Ian Geldard for the link.

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