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Householders face £70 fines for putting wrong waste in green bins
By Tom Peterkin
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 29/08/2008
The fines, which are more severe than those imposed on many shoplifters, drug users and dangerous drivers, were criticised by campaigners who said they would criminalise ordinary people and be used as an excuse to raise more money from families on the bread line.
Exeter City Council has become the first local authority to start fining, but others are expected to follow suit.
Anyone putting inappropriate waste into a green bin will be sent a fixed-penalty notice to compensate the council for cleaning it.
Those who refuse to pay will be taken to court and prosecuted for non-payment. . . .