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W. Kelowna Looks at Cost, Privacy in Trash Bin Program

RFID

December 23, 2010

West Kelowna may opt out of a regional RFID waste monitoring program citing privacy concerns, but regional officials say the town would then need to make other arrangements for inspecting trash at their own expense, reports the Kelowna Capital News. The new system aims to identify and penalize people who dispose of contaminants with their yard waste materials by linking trash bins to addresses. West Kelowna Councilwoman Carol Zanon voiced concerns about an agency snooping into people's garbage, among others, saying, "there's a time when you have to take a stand on people's rights to privacy." Meanwhile, the mayor worries about the possibility of people planting materials in their neighbors' bins.
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