Families 'threatened with £2,500 fines' for putting too much rubbish in bins

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Families who overload their bins with rubbish are reportedly being threatened with £2,500 fines and criminal convictions.

Councils across the UK are said to have introduced the measures under anti-social behaviour laws, with families also being slapped with fines for putting the bins out too early.

Businesses are also punished with fines of up to £20,000, including small corner shops, according to the Daily Mail.

In Stoke-on-Trent, residents had been receiving forceful letters from the local council warning them on their “unreasonable conduct”, the newspaper reported.

The council warned failure to act could lead to homeowners being issued a Community Protection Notice and landed in court.

Tameside Council in Greater Manchester is among other local councils believed to be using similar sanctions.

Such warnings are usually issued to flytippers and noisy neighbours, but are being sent to more households as councils try to boost recycling rates.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance told the Daily Mail: “It beggars belief that council workers think this is an acceptable way to treat taxpayers.

“One of the main services people expect from their councils is efficient bin collections. They will be rightly shocked to see their money spent on threats of this nature.”

A spokesman for Stoke-on-Trent City Council said its “zero-tolerance approach” was supported by residents and that bins left out were a “severe inconvenience”.

He told the Daily Mail: “We appreciate the letter might come over as harsh but this is a legal warning informing people that their actions are causing a problem.”

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