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Monday, 17 July 2017 10:37

Garbage Men Being Trained to Spy on Customers

Written by  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.

Just when you thought there was no way another government-funded group could get in on the surveillance scheme: Enter the garbage man.

The city of Ogden, Utah, recently joined an increasingly popular program developed by trash collection behemoth Waste Management Corporation, the Waste Watch Driver Training Program.

Here’s how Waste Management Corporation’s website describes the program: “Our trucks are on your streets every day. Our drivers are familiar with their routes, so they’re often the first to notice when something is amiss. As your community partner, we assist local police and fire departments by acting as extra eyes and ears on local streets. Through our Waste Watch program, we provide training to our drivers in what to look for and how to report suspicious or criminal activity to local authorities.”

Any city leaders interested in joining the project can e-mail Waste Management Corporation and receive “a customized plan” for carrying out the surveillance scheme.

Waste Management spokesman Brad Kloos praises the Waste Watch program, created in 2004, pointing out potential benefits of teaching garbage collectors to spy on their neighbors.

"Part of our safety culture is awareness,” Kloos said. “We figured since [our truck drivers are] already out there being aware .

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