UK 'Bag Brother' Trashcams

Tiny spy cameras hidden in bin bags (trash in a can) will be used to make sure that British citizens are disposing of their trash properly.


("Trash cam" spy camera)

Every time I think that I've done my last story on the absurd extent to which citizens of the UK allow themselves to be spied upon, something else comes up. Don't put out your rubbish on the wrong day or time or place in Weymouth, Dorset. Or else.

The city council has decreed that tiny spy cameras will be hidden in bags of trash to spy on wrongdoers.

The initiative has shocked local taxpayers. The spy camera is being introduced in the Park district in Weymouth, an area that suffers from fly-tipping. Residents in the area will have to follow strict rules which come into force on June 22.

They will only be allowed to put out their rubbish between 8pm and 6am the night before collection and it will have to be at the front of their homes.

"Fly-tipping" appears to refer to illicit dumping of trash - by anyone, apparently. Earlier in the year, a London borough announced a plan to put spy cameras in bricks and tin cans.

According to Ealing council in west London, the hidden cameras will catch people committing "major envirocrimes."

See also Trashcan Surveillance - Halt! Who Throws There?. Via the Telegraph and the Mail. Take a look at this interesting comment on similar regulations in the Netherlands at Expatica.

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