Zoe Watmough, 22, left the bins, a grey one and a green one for recycling, outside her home on a Wednesday ready for collection the next day.
Council officers issued her with a £75 fine claiming that the bins had been put out 24 hours before they were due to be emptied.
But the mother-of-three refused to pay and ended up facing magistrates in Bolton, where she was fined £125 and ordered to pay £125 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
A mother of three at 22 years old eh? Hmmm, something of a marker of a certain social class one might think. But still, being fined for putting the bins out early? And who the hell was the victim that gets the surcharge?
So why are they doing this?
Bolton council said it was pursuing prosecutions over bins left on streets because of the number of arson attacks by youths.
Might one suggest that they pursue the youths doing the arson instead?
Last week Barry Freezer, a 73-year-old retired milkman, mistakenly put cabbage stalks in with his garden waste and was reprimanded by Norwich city council. Binmen claimed that the trimmings were kitchen rubbish.
The same council had refused to empty the bin of partially-sighted Lenny Woodward, 95, because he put a ketchup bottle and an empty coffee jar in the wrong bin.
And now we\’ve got to the stage where these people can fuck right off.
I worked out several years ago that the costs of these sorting to recycle schemes were vastly higher than the entirety of the previous total waste disposal system. Because people have to spend so much time making sure that they have indeed sorted their waste properly and yes, time does have a value. Add in this sort of nonsense and it\’s even more expensive.
It would be a great deal cheaper and simpler to go back to landfill: and if the EU won\’t let us, so much the worse for the EU.