Monday, January 30, 2012

South Florida city to keep electronic tabs on who recycles — and who doesn’t - Florida -

The Miami Herald is talking about Lake Worth. Click title for link.


Russ said...

A positive story about a worthy program... but reading the comments reveals just how little some grasp the idea or it's usefulness. Note that screw the environment types aren't even fazed by the compelling economic component, and instead fixate on irrational Big Brother fears.

Collecting data like this is the first step in fair billing practices for waste management: customers that produce a lot of garbage shouldn't be subsidized by those who don't. Customers that recycle everything, compost kitchen waste and produce so little garbage that their bin only requires collection every three or four weeks, shouldn't pay the same amount as people who won't make any effort to reduce their volume.

Frankly, a similar approach to the pressing issue of water usage would be nice too. I'm all for using an economic cudgel to persuade people when education is futile.

AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt said...

I agree with Russ, water is a hugh issue especially here. We recycle our water from the kitchen sink to the newly planted trees that need so much more TLC. Hope everyone embraces this system. We don't put anything out except every 3 or 4 weeks. The not so obvious benefits are the petrol the large trucks need for collection. Definitely the wave of the future.

John said...

If I understand this new tech, then what we have is ten's of thousands of $'s, with a yearly software upgrade of thousands more, all relying on ONE man sitting in a truck cab all day, staring at a vid screen in wait of recycle scofflaw's ?
NO chance for human error and/or possible wrong-doing ?
Seems the tech should also cover this bottle-neck in the system, as we're paying so much anyways ?

Russ said...

Apparently John, you don't understand the "tech". Please read the article again... note the parts regarding funding of this one-year-test program that the department, not "one truck driver" will manage. Make special note of the economic value of quantifying household waste VS recyclable tonnage. Please contact waste services if you'd like to learn more.

John said...

Yeah, read the article, and yeah,app. $126,000 in tech [according to PBP] comes down to one man with a button, but nice put-down, Russ.

Russ said...

Honestly, it wasn't meant as a put down John. Waste tonnage increases with the population, and if sensible methods to track and control it aren't implemented we'll all pay. And I don't mean in money.

Landfill space is limited, especially considering the potential impact on water sources in our state. Operators can line and tub every Mt. Trashmore but leaching is a fact. I'd rather things like heavy metals from commonly discarded items like lightbulbs and AA batteries don't come out of the tap or into the foodchain. PVCs never go away either.