Microchips are to be installed in domestic bins in Douglas, allowing the weight of your bin to be monitored.
Douglas has an estimated 12,000 domestic bins, half of which already have the microchip technology installed.
Electronic readers of the chips are already installed in bin wagons.
The estimated cost to buy the necessary microchips and implement their installation across the stock of existing domestic refuse bins will be £40,000.
Douglas Borough Council leader, David Christian, said: ‘The chipping of the bins is to provide management information in relation to structure of rounds, manpower and vehicles to be used.
‘As the cost of waste increases as it is transferred from central government, we have to ensure that we look to provide the most efficient service possible.’
Asked if this would lead to charging people by the weight of their bin, the council leader said: ‘The Council at the current time has no policy to charge domestic ratepayers by weighing the bin and I think it is fair to say that the general feeling at the moment is that such a policy would not get council support.’
There will also be 25 new solar-powered compacting waste bins, which give up to eight times more capacity, called ‘big belly bins’, for deployment in the Douglas regeneration area.
They are equipped with online data collection and transmission, and provide real-time and summarised fill-levels, together with emptying requirements.
Mr Christian said: ‘These bins are to be situated through the regeneration area, Nelson Street, Duke Street, Regent Street, Strand Street and Loch Promenade. It is proposed that they will be rolled out over a three month period.
‘There are cost and environmental benefits to the town. Due to the fact they have a compactor inside the number of visits to empty is greatly reduced, this saves on man hours, fuel costs and vehicle running costs.
‘Due to the size of the bin we’ll be reducing the overall number of waste bins in the area, this will help to remove street clutter.’