On board cameras can monitor the contents of each bin as it is emptied into the waste truck. The micro chips, located in the front of the garden and recycle bins under where the lid closes, then records and identifies the address of the bins contaminated with inappropriate material.
Industry experts had predicted that the vigilance would go further than just the truck cabin monitor (pictured left) and there would be need to introduce micro chipped bins to identify residents who were abusing the system. In the past, when there was excessive contamination of recycling and garden waste bins occurring, entire truck loads would have had to go to land fill. Using this new technology the contamination of garden and recycle bins can be detected and the resident advised of the issues. In addition a radio frequency receptor in the waste truck will be able to track lost or stolen bins
Not all Manningham’s 47, 731 rateable properties have all three bins (rubbish, recycling and garden). There are approximately 4,500 apartments in Manningham, many of which are in major developments, that have their own waste disposal units plus smaller developments that don’t require a garden bin. This means that at least 43,000 would have all three bins, which equates to approximately 129.000 bins that are being replaced. Manningham council had estimated the cost of maintaining the old bins at about $45,000 per year which was equal to approximately 35 cents per bin per year.
However the outlay of $5.8 Million for the new bins could be justified in a number of ways. 1. There will be considerably less land fill because of bin content scrutiny. 2. Machinery used to process our rubbish will need less maintenance. 3. The cost of the new contractor will be much cheaper than the previous. 4. There will be reduction in lost or stolen bins because a radio frequency receptor on board the waste truck can track their location.
The ordinary garbage bins with the red lid did appear not to have micro chips but in fact they do but in a different location to the other two bins. It would make no sense if garbage bins could not be monitored and tracked since they are more likely than the garden and recycle bins to be contaminated or go missing. Garbage bins are the most used, they are smaller and therefore more likely to disappear. Otherwise It would be hard to justify replacing the old bins, that have served the the municipality so very well, if the tracking device was not fitted.