Biffa, one of the UK's biggest rubbish collection companies, has given 15,00 of their binmen Blackberry-type devices so they can 'get more done on the move'.
I was under the impression a binman's job was hard enough having to wheel bins to and fro all day but Biffa has other ideas. "Binmen could use the rugged Blackberrys to collect data from customers, download maps and communicate with head office," they said.
The devices could also be used to take photos of overfilled bins or catch households who have put general waste in their recycling bin.
"They can take pictures, but they won't as standard," a representative of Biffa said. "If there are any defects or a health and safety problem, they might take pictures".
Any problem to do with bin collection possibly comes under health and safety legislation so don't be surprised if you see your local binman taking a snap of your bin contents before he trundles it off to be emptied. Now you know what's going on in the rubbish collection industry you'll may be less surprised when the council letter, stating the amount of your fine, drops through your letter box.