Ben Johnson, Floyd Reports
Last Thursday, this reporter noted that the Obama administration gave half-a-million dollars in stimulus funds to place microchips in recycling bins in Dayton, Ohio. If news since then is any indication, Big Mother is coming to a trash can near you.
Last Friday, the Drudge Report linked to a story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer indicating the northeastern Ohio city is following Dayton’s lead. Michelle Malkin penned a blog entry, then joined Fox News’ Neil Cavuto to discuss how Cleveland is phasing in new recycling bins that will tell the government if, when, and how much you have recycled.
It’s actually worse than Michelle makes out in the video above. If you are not sufficiently eco-friendly, the law authorizes the city to paw through your trash and slap you with a fine:
The chips will allow city workers to monitor how often residents roll carts to the curb for collection. If a chip show a recyclable cart hasn’t been brought to the curb in weeks, a trash supervisor will sort through the trash for recyclables.
Trash carts containing more than 10 percent recyclable material could lead to a $100 fine, according to Waste Collection Commissioner Ronnie Owens. (Emphasis added.)
The city’s economy is so bad that in May Cuyahoga County commissioner Tim Hagan — the 2002 Democratic candidate for governor, who is godfather to one of Robert Kennedy’s grandchildren — proposed eliminating the chaplains at the juvenile detention center to save $56,000. Nonetheless, Cleveland spent $2.5 million for the curbside spyware. The city undoubtedly plans to recoup that investment. And since it earns only $26 per ton for recyclables, that seems less lucrative than widespread fines.
If the new law has a measure to protect suspects’ privacy from snooping by Green Police, it has not been reported.
The Plain Dealer added that Alexandria, Virginia, will be the next town to roll out new microchip-implanted recycling bins. I reported Thursday the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, just debuted its version. Charlotte media report: “Neighborhoods that aren’t recycling much would then be given encouragement to recycle more.”
Now we know what “encouragement” means.