Chips do not measure rubbish

WHILE half Suffolk's local authorities have wheelie bins fitted with microchips, most in the east of the county do not use the information to “spy” on how much households throw away.

WHILE half Suffolk's local authorities have wheelie bins fitted with microchips, most in the east of the county do not use the information to “spy” on how much households throw away.

Chips are fited to all the bins in the Mid Suffolk district,but Paul Lewis, waste and environmental services manager at the council, said the “tags” were not measuring devices.

Instead, he said they were an electronic way of identifying a wheelie bin with a “scannable” number, which is recorded to each property.

Babergh, Ipswich and Suffolk Coastal councils do not currently have microchips in bins. However they are fitted to bins in Waveney, St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath districts where they could be adapted to calculate how much waste households are throwing away.

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