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Worth its weight in waste


April 7, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

People living in the U.S. might have a reason to be a little more cautious when they throw out their garbage. At le…

People living in the U.S. might have a reason to be a little more cautious when they throw out their garbage. At least, Cascade is hoping they will.

The company has unveiled a plan for a new recycling system, whereby towns and cities are being encouraged to promote recycling by charging households by the weight of trash they put on the curb to be collected

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The EcoNology system, developed by Cascade, records the disposal habits of individual households through the use of radio frequency identification chips embedded in plastic trash carts. Data sensors on trash trucks then read the chips as the carts are being lifted on forks outfitted with scales. The weights of the carts are then recorded through on board computers. The data is sent to waster haulers that charge customers by the weight of trash they set out for disposal.

“We see this as the next logical step in our nation’s road to responsible solid waste management,” said Michael Lewis, Cascade’s director of services for the solid waste solutions group. “The EcoNology system gives municipalities and waste haulers the tools that they need to show customers how responsible trash disposal can save them money and help the environment too.”


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