The Independent reports how '500,000 wheelie bins 'have a spy in the lid'':
'Hundreds of thousands of wheelie bins are being fitted with special microchips to monitor the amount of waste discarded by householders.
Councils say they are necessary to gather data about people's rubbish disposal habits and are also a vital tool in settling disputes over bin ownership. But experts are warning that these bugs, which transmit information to a central database, could be used to fine those who exceed limits on the amount of non-recyclable rubbish that they put out.About 500,000 bins across England already carry the electronic devices'
Bold is not in the original - thats my emphasis on another surveillance use of these such devices! What's next - RFID in our toilets??