After spending roughly $3.2 million to distribute recycling containers to single-family homes and townhouses, Frederick County, Md. officials say they are not going to let them just disappear. Approximately 64,000 recycling containers in the county have been equipped with RFID tags, according to a local news report.
The RFID tag is scanned each time the recycling containers are emptied, which enable staff to look it up and see when and where it was last used. If a cart drops off the county’s system entirely, then they know that it has been taken out of the county and needs to be replaced.
The recycling office also wants to use the tags to measure recycling participation rates that officials say could prove helpful to target recycling campaigns and save money.
Frederick County officials note that the only information recorded is whether a container has been set out. No other information is recorded, such as weight and what goods were recycled.
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