I still hear the occasional report about people pilfering recyclables during the night before pick-up. We blogged about it a year ago here.
On December 11th in B'game, RethinkWaste says it will begin the research to build a "Home Diversion Calculator tool" that will be promoted and used to encourage diversion by providing residential customers the opportunity to accurately calculate their home diversion rate. This will then lead to other promotional opportunities such as highlighting resident's efforts and rewarding high diversion achievers. They
will be conducting a research project to weigh residential carts for approximately 25% of one residential route each day in one Member Agency. We hope to get data for 200 or so households from a Member Agency each day we do this research. We will simply be measuring the weight of all three carts set-out for collection and making note of how full each cart is. (We will not be going through the contents.) However, all 800-900 homes on these routes will be receiving the following robotic phone call ("robo call") from Recology early in the week:
"Hello, this is Recology San Mateo County, your recycling and garbage service provider. In conjunction with Rethink Waste and the Cart Smart program, a one-day research project to weigh carts and observe how full they are is being conducted. This call is to notify you that your carts may be picked up at a different time than normal for this week only. Rest assured that the representatives from RethinkWaste will not be going through the items in the carts, but may open the lids to see how full they are."
We love diversions, so we look forward to finding out who are the biggest diverters in town! In the meantime, no need to call BPD if someone is peeking in your cans the week after next.