07/15/2013 11:22 EDT | Updated 09/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatoon residents could be taking out their trash in smart cans

SASKATOON - Saskatoon residents could be getting some smart garbage cans.

City officials say they are looking into putting radio frequency identification chips in bins across the city.

Cameras would also be mounted on garbage trucks as part of the plan to keep track of pickups and usage.

Truck routes would further be reviewed to save on gas.

City spokesman Ian Loughran ('lock-REN) says garbage trucks take a beating when they're out on the road and a more efficient plan would also save on maintenance costs.

If approved, the new system could be installed early next year.