Householders who put too much rubbish in their bins face tougher punishments than shoplifters and drunken louts.Because the latter two offences are against greedy capitalists and citizens who might vote for the death penalty or against higher fuel costs, whereas the former ‘offences’ are against the almighty green lobby who hold undue sway over government at the moment.
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has backed on-the-spot fines of up to £110 for those who overfill their bins, leave them out too early, or put out extra sacks of rubbish alongside them.
The price of defying rubbish regulations is £30 higher than the £80 fixed penalty fine given to shoplifters or those involved in drunken disorder in city centres.
The Government has always insisted that the upper levels of bin fines were a matter for local councils to decide, but yesterday the Environment Department confirmed that ' enforcement' guidance laid down for councils from Whitehall has set the £110 level.So, they lied again? Is anyone surprised?