Gordon Brown is rubbing his grasping hands with glee, which means that the rest of us are about to be ripped off yet again with a "Chip 'n' Bin" Stealth Tax
They are the size of a penny and they're made in Germany. They have been fitted to 500,000 wheely bins in Britain, and they are there to enforce New Labour's principle of 'the polluter pays through the nose'.
The object of the exercise is to persuade people to recycle more in order to pay less. It will also let hackers break into insecure local council computers and find out who isn't generating garbage and, presumably on holiday, in hospital or otherwise away from a home, which can be burgled. But under New Labour's rules on the misuse of data, the council will not be liable to pay compensation to the burgled householder, despite being an accessory before the fact.
A complication . . .
What if some evil person with lots of garbage to get shot of swaps his/her bin for the identical wheely bin of a neighbour?