US trash collection company to reward customers who recycle

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An US-based provider of recycling and garbage-collection services has implemented a very innovative reward scheme, based around the use of an advanced RFID system, a news report has revealed.

Sanico, the company in question, has implemented a solution consisting of passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags affixed to recycling canisters, a reader on each of its recyclables collection trucks, and an onboard computer that interprets read data and then forwards that information to a server.

The company collects recyclable refuse from 15,000 residences across New Jersey, and, when collecting recyclables, it separates paper from the bottles and cans, and then delivers the materials to buyers. This practice differs from the single-stream recycling model, used in many communities, by which all paper, plastic and glass are commingled during the collection process and are sold to at a single location, known as an intermediate process facility (IPF) which sorts the various materials.

The company decided that, by implementing the aforementioned system and rewarding customers for their efforts to separate their recyclable waste, they would manage to both reduce the bills for waste disposal (even by a tiny bit) and raise their profits – recycling paper is the only truly profitable part for the company.

And, sure enough, the RFID-based bins have been offered to around 5,000 of the company’s 15,000 customers, about 2,000 of whom have signed on to the RFID-based recycling program to date.

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