UK Daily Mail
Nov 26, 2010
Tens of thousands of families face on-the-spot fines of £110 if they put rubbish in the wrong bins as another council brings in compulsory recycling.
The figure is £30 more than the penalty handed out to shoplifters.
Bin snoopers will hand out the fines if householders flout the tough new rules in an initiative which comes months after the Government pledged to scrap bin fines.
Bosses at Labour-run Islington council say the rules will save money and help combat climate change.
Angry residents say the penalties are heavy-handed and unfair. Even the local Green Party has called the plans ‘wrong-headed’.
From February next year, all 190,000 residents in the north London borough will have to follow the rules which will make it compulsory to recycle. If council spies catch people putting plastic wrappers in the same bins as cans, or put their food waste in the newspaper box, they can dish out a fine.
People who fail to obey the recycling rules will get one warning before they are fined.
This article was posted: Friday, November 26, 2010 at 4:52 am