Flintshire Explore Microchips in Waste Bins
Flintshire County Council announces plans to use microchips into garden waste bins to help create a more efficient collection service.
17:52 29 January 2019
The Flintshire County Council is exploring the idea of using microchips in garden waste bins across the county to monitor payments and notify waste collectors of location of paid subscribers. £30,000 will be raised within this year to fund the new project, which is expected to be rolled out in 2020.
Councillor Carolyn Thomas said: “The actual take-up marginally exceeded our financial target which means that we can look into technology-based systems to offer a more efficient method of registering a bin to a property.
“It will speed up the management and payment process and remove the need to issue stickers each year.
“This will (involve) installing a chip in to the bin, so when the drivers are going along, they will get a beep and know that it needs to be collected. It will save on admin costs and save having to send out 33,000 stickers which is very time consuming and heavy on resources.”
Cabinet members also confirmed that despite complaints from residents, it would retain the £30 charge for the collection of garden waste in the foreseeable future, with no reduction in rates for the elderly and those on benefits.