"Smart" garbage cans that pay you to recycle
Modify city garbage and recycling cans to contain identification tags, so the biggest recyclers can get coupons, cash or credit rewards. The worst recyclers get warnings and fines that pay for the project quickly. The cost of this project has been only $2.4 million elsewhere.
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This is the RecycleBank program sponsored by Coca Cola as a way of avoiding taking direct responsibility for their containers. It is very controversial because you are rewarded no matter what you put in your recycling container. It also does nothing to reward reduced consumption. That having been said, I wholeheartedly support fining the dickens out of miscreants who violate our existing bylaws on recycling. Did YOU know it is illegal to put a newspaper in the garbage? (Same goes for anything you can put in the Blue Box or return to the producer for recycling.)