Were you aware that these recycling bins will be outfitted with rfid chips? Chances are you weren't. Only the StarNews mentioned it and they mentioned it very briefly.
However, it's true and clearly stated in the supplemental documents for the last City Council meeting:
Each of the roll-out carts will have a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip which will allow us to collect and maintain data regarding the carts’ use, location, and to target outreach efforts in specific sections of the City.Additionally, City dump trucks are going to be outfitted with readers for these rfid chips. The cost will be about $81k.
What are these going to be used for? Well, if you're familiar with the City of Wilmington you're aware that the answer is probably: "no good".
Let's take a look at how they've been used in other places.
Cleveland Plain Dealer:
It would be a stretch to say that Big Brother will hang out in Clevelanders' trash cans, but the city plans to sort through curbside trash to make sure residents are recycling -- and fine them $100 if they don't. The move is part of a high-tech collection system the city will roll out next year with new trash and recycling carts embedded with radio frequency identification chips and bar codes.Another:
The chips will allow city workers to monitor how often residents roll carts to the curb for collection. If a chip show a recyclable cart hasn't been brought to the curb in weeks, a trash supervisor will sort through the trash for recyclables.
Trash carts containing more than 10 percent recyclable material could lead to a $100 fine, according to Waste Collection Commissioner Ronnie Owens. Recyclables include glass, metal cans, plastic bottles, paper and cardboard.
It's my guess that this is exactly the kind of thing that Wilmington has in mind.
[S]ome cities are using RFID tags to penalize those who don’t recycle. Earlier this summer, Laurel, Md. began using RFID bins to enforce $25-100 fines for houses not using their bins. All bins are linked to an address, and the city requires recycling participation.
Is this a good idea? Is recycling even "environmental friendly"? Of course not. Take a closer look at the facts:
"Recycling may be the most wasteful activity in modern America." (Originally NY Times)
It's another scam. And it's going to wind up costing you more and more.