In Cleveland, Ohio, 25,000 households per year will be provided with sensor-equipped receptacles that passively detect how frequently residents bring recycling to the curb.

The city of Cleveland is implementing a waste-conscious initiative to enforce recycling efforts. 25,000 households per year will be provided with intelligent recycling bins equipped with sensors that passively detect how frequently residents bring recycling to the curb – until all 150,000 homes are covered. Households are fined if they fail to bring their recycling out frequently, and are found to have more than 10% recyclable material in their regular trash.

Similar programs have been launched in England that measure the amount of waste thrown out, fining households for excess waste.

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