HOMEOWNERS may be fined £2,500 and face a criminal conviction for over-filling rubbish bins, councils have warned.
Families could be slapped with penalties for putting out their wheelie bins too early or leaving them out too long after collection.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has written to suspected offenders warning they could face a Community Protection Notice.
They were introduced as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act of 2014, and failure to act on one could land them in court or facing a fine.
Tameside Council in Gtr Manchester is among other local authorities using similar tactics.
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.” Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which has threatened firms £20,000 fines for over-filling, said its letter was a “legal warning” informing people of a problem.
A spokesman said residents agreed with its “zero tolerance” approach to bins left on pavements because they cause a “severe inconvenience”.