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UK authorities test smart garbage cans

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How well do you sort your garbage? Someone may be keeping tabs.

Is someone watching what you throw into your garbage bins using technology? Apparently that's a question being asked in the United Kingdom, where some city councils apparently are placing microchips in trash "bins" in order to monitor where the bins belong and keep track of them.

Privacy groups, however, believe that the government is planning to use the chips to look for ways to fine residents for throwing out more garbage than they should or for not recycling as much as they should.

Either way, it begs the question of how rugged these sensors are. From the way my own trash collector just threw around my garbage cans, I would image many of these chips will wind up at the city dump.

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Heather Clancy

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Heather Clancy has written for United Press International, ZDNet, Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times. She holds a degree from McGill University. She is based in New Jersey. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure