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Your porkulus dollars at work: Eco-snitch trash cans

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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 20, 2010 12:58 PM

Lots of buzz today about the microchip-implanted trash bins in Cleveland that will tell city collectors when residents haven’t recycled. The Cleveland Dealer reports today:

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.

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.

The city expanded a pilot program for the carts and will now use $2.5 million in local tax money to fund the expansion.

Guess what else?

You are helping pay for this eco-snitch program in other cities with federal stimulus money.

From the Coburn-McCain stimulus waste report released earlier this month, we learn that $500,000 of the porkulus went to Dayton, Ohio for nosy trash cans.

Yeah. It stinks. And taxpayers don’t need any high-falutin’ technology to detect it.

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