May 06, 2010

Not Recycling Enough?

The People's Republic of Alexandria is watching....

Alexandria residents soon will have to pay for larger home recycling bins featuring built-in monitoring devices.

The City Council added a mandatory $9 charge to its residents' annual waste collection fee.

That cash -- roughly $180,000 collected from 19,000 residents-- will pay for new larger recycling carts equipped with computer microchips, which will allow the city to keep tabs on its bins and track resident participation in the city's recycling program.

"If you know who's participating in the programs, you can focus your education and outreach to those who are not participating," said Stacy Herring, Alexandria's recycling coordinator.

How's that for a chilling line?

"Comrade, your plastics are not sorted properly. Get your coat -- We are going for a ride."

Posted by Robert at May 6, 2010 01:00 PM | TrackBack

No longer just the nanny state, now the Big Brother state. And you have to fork over extra dough for them to watch you.

Posted by: rbj at May 6, 2010 03:09 PM

This is all happening so fast, my mind reels.

Posted by: Mink Monica at May 6, 2010 05:44 PM

I assume they read data from the bin via wireless and bluetooth?

The only question when you hack into the system do you tell it everyone is complying or do you tell the system no one is and break the re-education budget?

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at May 6, 2010 06:51 PM

As a resident of the Glorious Peoples' Republic, I have to ask - doesn't the city council have bigger things to worry about, like fixing the breaking schools and addressing the increased incidence of violent crime in the neighborhoods near Old Town?

For what it's worth, in the last city council election, the residents of the Glorious People's Republic elected a Republican and an independent who was supported by the local Republican party. This still leaves a substantial Democratic majority on the council, but the fact that ANY non-Democrat could get elected was something of a stunner.

Now, if we could just get a well-funded, intelligent candidate to run against Jim Moron...

Posted by: ChrisN at May 6, 2010 08:03 PM

Covers one of the 3 "R"s: Recycling--the others are, of course, Racism and Reproduction.

Posted by: LMC at May 6, 2010 08:53 PM
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