Richard Gray and Joshi Eichner Herrman
London Telegraph 
July 5, 2010
Council “bin police” are punishing hundreds of households with bigger fines than those given by police to shoplifters, it can be revealed.
Figures obtained by The Sunday Telegraph have revealed that local authorities issued more than 1,240 fixed penalty notices last year for breaking rules on recycling and putting out rubbish.
Councils are issuing fines of up to £110 for such infringements as putting their bins out for collection at the wrong time, over filling bins, or putting recycling into the wrong boxes.
That compares to the £80 spot fines that can be issued by police to people caught shoplifting.
The controversial rules have been condemned as “draconian” and are deeply unpopular with householders.