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12,000 homes in Dublin will soon be monitored for what they're putting in their green bins

And if you’re contaminating the recycling – a fine could be coming down the line.

Image: Laura Sherry

A SYSTEM FOR identifying households that are mixing in general waste with recycling waste is to be trialled soon in Dublin.

Panda Waste Management said that it would be trialling the new system on 12,000 households in Fingal in Dublin.

The trial is in order to combat large amounts of general black bin waste – including food waste, nappies, and textiles – from being dumped into green bins (for which there is no charge).

As a result of this, Panda Waste Management said that 40% of recycling is contaminated in Dublin.

Green bins currently have no charge attached to them, while black bins cost money.

The new system will involve having a camera mounted inside a waste lorry. The camera is able to identify what number house the bin corresponds to.

If any prohibited waste is contained in the bin, the camera will be able to identify it.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Drivetime this evening, Des Crinion said that the cameras were being installed as what was being put in bins was “unbelievable”.

“It’s supposed to be material that we can sort out and use as raw material to go back into the manufacturing process,” said Crinion.

But we see everything from nappies, food waste, and also textiles which we can’t recycle in this manner.

Crinion said that he believed people were using the green bins to hide waste as it was free to use.

He said that some sort of fine could be introduced in the future for households that are shown to repeatedly offend.

Read: No grass. No nappies. Here is a definitive list of what you can recycle

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