Oct 7 2010 Harrow Observer
TEAMS of wheelie bin police began snooping around household rubbish bins in Brent this week.
But when does the council take it a step too far and commit an invasion of your privacy?
When people put their bins out they should feel assured that their rubbish is being disposed of immediately rather than being taken away to be analysed.
Everyone wants to cut landfill and improve services but moves such as this, or cameras in wheelie bins, can lead to feelings of intrusion and fear that Big Brother is watching us.
For those reasons, they are rarely met with enthusiasm by the tax-paying public.
Are we now living in a time when we cannot put our bins out with confidence that our waste will be left alone?
Residents in Brent should have been informed sooner about these plans instead of having them forced on them at such short notice.
The council says it kept the project secret in order to prevent people from changing the normal way they dispose of their rubbish, but it leaves very little time for households to opt out of the scheme.
Perhaps local authorities should be thinking of more inventive ways to educate people about recycling properly instead of spying on them.