The city of Fort Wayne, Indiana will soon have residents using recycling carts fitted with RFID tags, according to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, in part to prevent problems the city has faced since providing carts to residents five years ago.
“It’s basically to help keep track of the carts,” said Matt Gratz, solid waste director for the city. He added that the city has lost an average of 2,700 carts a year since initial roll out – due to carts being stolen, destroy or moved by property owners when they change residences.
The tags will be encoded with the appropriate address so the city can tell where each cart should be, and the tags can be read only from close range and can’t be tracked remotely.
Carts will be provided only to residents request them and wish to participate in the recycling program. City officials also say that the information it collects from the recycling carts will be used only to track the city’s cart inventory and target education.
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