- Local authority wants to monitor who has their bin out at the right time
- New scheme will see binmen log when people put out their rubbish
- But residents are furious about the 'heavy-handed' new system
- City hall chiefs insist it will stop binmen having to return to houses
Residents have hit out at a local council over a new computer system which monitors when they put out their rubbish.
Citizens of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire are angry after their local authority unveiled plans to use a high-tech scheme which logs who puts out their bins on time.
The plan - which will see binmen collect data on when each bin is left on the pavement - has been branded 'heavy-handed' by some in the area, who have accused city hall chiefs of spying on them.
Binmen in Stoke-on-Trent will be logging who puts their bin out in a new 'Big Brother' computer system
The controversial scheme will track bin lorries around the city's streets, with dustmen using a touch-screen system to log who have put out their bins when they pass and those who have not.
Terry Golding, 72, said: 'I do not think we need more surveillance in this country. We are treated like school children by the council sometimes.
'There were anti-Big Brother campaigns about excessive CCTV in the UK and I think this is the same sort of thing.'
Murray Dixon, 35, added: 'It is just another excuse to monitor people's behaviour. We are all being spied on now - even about rubbish bins. It's crazy and scary.'
Lilian Dodd, secretary of Dresden Residents' Association, says the move follows on from families being hit with threats of £80 fines if they put out their bins too early or too late.
She said: 'Most people put their bins out like clockwork and this seems to me like they're trying to cover their own backs as taxpayers' expense.
Despite anger among residents, the council has defended plans to monitor people's rubbish
'Until there's concrete proof it will save money, I'm totally against it. It does seem a bit heavy handed.'
The council has yet to reveal how much the scheme will cost, but it claims the move will save £20,000 by stopping workers from having to return to homes who put out their rubbish late.
A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: 'At the moment we have to send the wagons back out to each report of a bin collection being missed, regardless of whether they were genuinely missed or not.
'Every time we get a call about a missed bin we have to send a crew back out to empty it, which is costly and time-consuming.
'The new system will enable crews to log information about bins not being put out, and send the information back to their base in real time.
'Having this system installed in the cabs will also enable the base to send out important information to crews about their collection round and update any changes or new tasks while the crew is on the road.
'This new approach will reduce the number of missed collections and will really improve the quality and efficiency of the service we provide to our residents.'