Local authorities which use microchips in bins are forward thinking and will save residents paying a lot of money on their council tax, according to a bin identification provider.
Advanced Manufacturing and Control Systems (AMCS UK) is a supplier of bin identification solutions to the waste management and recycling industry in Ireland and the UK.
Business development manager Austin Ryan said: A lot of local authorities are heavily criticised for being forward thinking but in adopting this method they will probably reduce council tax bills for their residents. With landfill tax becoming more expensive it is essential that we divert waste from landfill and promote recycling in every possible way.
The microchip technology is exactly like a supermarket clubcard. It collects information on recycling and waste generation habits. For every 70% of people that want to recycle 30% will not want to. For those 30% that drag everybody down, this system can pinpoint the people that recycle and make the other 30% become better recyclers.
His comments follow South Norfolk Councils decision to abandon its microchipped wheelie bin project, having claimed it was unworkable.
The microchip is stored in the bin and each bin is given a unique identifier the chip acts like a barcode. The bin chip can be read once inside a refuse vehicle which has a tracking reader and can provide data on weight of the bin and how much residents are recycling.
In April AMCS was awarded a £250,000 contract with SITA UK and Warwick District Council to provide bin identification systems. It has already supplied 75,000 chipped bins to date. This system provides Sita UK and Warwick District Council with information relating to the number of bins that have been collected and it allows the driver to record the bins that have not been presented, contaminated bins and bins containing excess waste.