Garbage truck cameras to document ‘bad’ recycling behavior

Garbage truck cameras give new meaning to trash TV

National Post
September 16, 2010

Officials in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley plan to use camera-equipped garbage trucks to film what gets dumped in order to make sure people are recycling properly.

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The cameras will be able to record what is thrown out so city staff will have proof of bad behaviour.

“We’ re not watching people…. We’re looking for material types — paper, carboard, garbage — in the wrong spot,” Mr. Rotheisler said.

Mixing things like cardboard, batteries or electronics in with the garbage will net a warning from the city, a fine of up to $100, or even the cancelling of curbside pickup, he said.

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