UK Daily Mail 
Monday, May 17th, 2010
Residents are being asked to report neighbours for ‘environmental crimes’ such as putting their bins out too early or late.
A council is urging householders to snoop on fellow residents and fill in ‘diary sheets’ to log incidents – the same way it tackles violent anti-social behaviour.
Such ‘crimes’ can be committed by putting bins out at the wrong times or leaving them in the wrong place.
Householders could face a £100 fixed penalty notice or be fined up to £1,000 in court for leaving rubbish next to a bin or blocking a path with a bin.
The clampdown, by Hull City Council, has provoked a furious reaction, with residents insisting they won’t do officials’ ‘dirty work’ for them.
It sent letters to residents of one street after complaints that rubbish had been dumped and wheelie bins left out for days on end.