Taking Out the Trash (and the Recyclables): RFID and the Handling of Municipal Solid Waste

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Executive Summary

This paper examines how RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) is poised to help transform the way the authors handle the trash - the MSW (Municipal Solid Waste). They provide an overview showing that trash trends in the United States are not good, as modern life has meant increasing volumes of trash that can be disposed of in fewer and fewer landfills. They examine how RFID can be employed in the MSW area to both facilitate the growth of PAYT (Pay As You Throw) use-based billing for waste management services and to promote incentive-based recycling programs, both of which aim to reduce the amount of trash entering the landfills.

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