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Bristol city council has already set up a voluntary scheme whereby residents are rewarded according to their refuse reduction, while Windsor and Maidenhead council is giving out shopping vouchers to those who increase the amount they recycle.
Rumours of the introduction of a 'bin tax', however, just won't go away. Alex Deane, from Big Brother Watch, told the BBC: "If local authorities have no intention to monitor our waste then they should end the surreptitious installation of these bin microchips."
But a spokesman for the Department for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs said: "Microchips do not monitor what goes into the bin and this is not about 'spying' on people or fining them. Britain cannot keep on sending waste to landfill, and it is important that councils work with communities to reduce waste, reuse it where possible, and recycle more."
Would you 'opt in' to a recycling reward scheme, or are wheelie bin microchips just a precursor to "pay as you throw" fines?