'Councils do issue fines to the minority of people who persistently put out their rubbish out at the wrong time as it can attract vermin and other pests, but this is a last resort. Councils find that offering advice and education to householders is an effective way of dealing with isolated problems.
'Throwing household waste into a recycle bin contaminates the whole collection and it has to be buried in landfill. If a resident continually ignores the council's advice and repeated warnings it has no choice but to issue a fine.
'Councils are on the frontline in the fight against climate change and working hard to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill. The amount of waste generated is increasing year on year. Unless bold reforms are made recycling rates will not rise fast enough to meet the EU Landfill Directive, councils will be fined and taxpayers will be hit in the pocket.'
Housing, planning & environment