We have been making improvements to the way the waste and recycling collection services operate, such as installing vehicle tracking, telematics and 360 degree CCTV to all of our collection vehicles. All of this helps us to make our services more efficient, improves the information available to residents and contributes towards us achieving our recycling target of 70%.
In 2020, we carried out a successful trial using an electronic sticker for brown bins, known as RFID (radio frequency identification).
Last year (2022) we issued a new sticker, which contains an RFID (radio frequency identification) tag, to all households who subscribe for the collection service. The intention is for the electronic stickers, which work in a similar way to shop security tags or stickers, to be attached to the brown bin and registered to each property. The electronic sticker is intended to be automatically scanned by a chip reader on the bin lift at the back of the bin wagon to confirm that a subscription is in place and make it easier for the crews to identify the bin is eligible for collection. The chip reader is similar to a supermarket scanner or barcode reader and the only data that will be recorded is that the bin has been collected.
The use of RFID stickers will help us to identify immediately whether a collection has been missed, record the emptying of the bins and confirm that all bins on the round have been processed.