Cleveland Uses RFID Tags to Track Who’s Recycling

Be honest, do you always recycle everything that can possibly be recycled? If you do, that’s great, but according to, about a quarter of the American population doesn’t recycle at all. Now, Celeveland, Ohio has decided to do something about it. By using RFID tags, city officals will be able to track how often residents recycle, and if they don’t, there will be consequences in the form of a $100 fine!

The city plans to issue recycling bins equipped with RFID tags and recyclables will be collected every two weeks, different from standard trash collection. The RFID tags will transmit the address when the truck comes to the house and information will be sent to a central computer which records the address. If a household fails to put out their recycling bin often, an inspector will check the trash from that household to see if they have been throwing any recyclables away with the standard trash. Should they have thrown out 10% or more recyclables in the regular trash, they will receive a $100 fine!

While some may think this seems steep, it should be noted that recycling is not only good for the environment, but also saves the city money because of landfill costs. Cleveland isn’t alone in their efforts to save money. In Charlotte, N.C., RFID tags are used to find out which neighborhoods recycle most.

In addition to helping the environment and saving money, the program will create awareness about the benefits of recycling and teach people to be more conscious about what they are throwing away.

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If you’re still not sure exactly what RFID technology is all about, learn more here.