Australian councils have begun mandating that all recycling bins be outfitted with RFID tags so that each bin can be recorded as it is emptied.
Currently Australian councils have to pay for each recycling bin’s collection whether it is actually picked or not, wasting a significant amount of money for each bin that is left in the garage on collection day. The new RFID-tagged bins, built by Mastec, will enable the councils to keep tabs on which bins are being emptied, and pay for only those which receive the service.
The RFID tag will contain the serial number of the bin and the address of the corresponding residence and will be read by Tracient Padle-R HF RFID readers. Datanet, a South Australian based solutions provider, worked with Mastec to develop the system.