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Mr Corkhill’s troubles began last summer when the two enforcement officers arrived at his home. They cautioned him before issuing a £110 on-the-spot fine for failure to close the lid of his wheelie bin.

He was told he had six months to pay or he would be taken to court. By January he had still not paid and was sent a summons under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, which gave powers to town hall officials to hand out fines to rubbish rulebreakers.

Last week Whitehaven magistrates convicted him in his absence of “over-filling the receptacle used to dispose of waste” – a criminal offence.

They added £100 towards prosecution costs on top of the original fine, together with the £15 surcharge designed to help victims of violence.

Mr Corkhill, who takes home £900 a month, added: “I would have been better off throwing my rubbish across the front garden – at least then I would only have received an £80 fine for fly-tipping.

“It’s outrageous what they’ve done to me. We got a leaflet, like everyone else, nine months previously, explaining the new council policy which also made it a fineable offence for putting your bin out any earlier than 7am – a curfew for a bin.

“My wife and I put it in the recycling box and continued as normal. Then this happens. What can I do? If I didn’t pay they said that I could go to prison. They also threatened to clamp my car and send the bailiffs round.

“We recycle everything we can, including plastics, cardboard, tins, glass and paper. We have got a black box that is always full.”

A spokesman for Copeland Council said Mr Corkhill’s recollection of the distance his bin lid was open was wrong and it was “more like seven inches”. He added: “We will continue to crack down on the problem of overflowing bins.”

The Daily Mail

The Greenies never cease to amaze me with their insistence upon draconian measures that are even too over the top to parody. While I can understand the desire to create clean cites and towns the madness of limits on the amount of rubbish that a household can put out for collection are just stupid if there is no variation depending on the size of a household.

To all sensible people it is the responsibility of the local council to provide a service that meets the needs of it’s residents and it is not their right to try to punish  people  because those people have exceeded some benchmark  dreamed up in a fog of Green religious vigour. Be warned though because it won’t be long before we have such nonsense here in OZ.

Cheers Comrades



  1. raydixon says:

    Ah, the “Rubbish Nazis”! Dickhead council bureaucrats for sure Iain but what makes you associate this kind of over-officiating with those from the left? It’s got nothing to do with political leanings, it’s just about little dickheads building empires for themselves, which is what all local councils do.

  2. Steven Rogan says:

    “…the madness of limits on the amount of rubbish that a household can put out for collection…”

    Umm, isn’t that called a bin?

  3. Iain Hall says:

    I make the connection because in previous pieces about the UK bin police “green” excuses about reducing the impact on the environment have been cited as justifications for these draconian measures, and such things are more the province of the left than the right.

    My point as anyone with a family will appreciate is that if the limit is based upon one bin per household then a large household will be struggling to remain with in the limit but a single person household will not meet it at all.

  4. raydixon says:

    Well OK Iain, but I think your link on this particular over-officiating on a bin closure is very tenuous. Sure, he was sent a summons under the “Environment ACT”, but this matter has more to do with local council fascism that green policies, surely.

  5. Iain Hall says:

    Ray my opinion is not just based on this particular article there have been lots of pieces about the English Bin Nazi’s and I am not the only one to make a link to green/left ideology here.

  6. Jayne says:

    Wait no longer, the nonsense is already here!
    Article in The Hun this week stated most Melbourne councils employ people to inspect rubbish and recycling bins between 10pm-10am and slap infringement stickers on the offending bins that don’t meet regulations.
    Many councils also have curfew times for putting out and taking in the wheelie bins.
    I blame it on Mad Cow Disease, coz most councils are staffed by Mad Bovines!

  7. Matt Hayden says:

    The overkill is revealing. It’s not unlike the relentless anti-coal campaign to make Oz some sort of eco-utopia, crippling the economy in the process. Even if the doomsayers’ predictions are even halfway accurate (highly unlikely) there’s no point for small countries like Oz to make huge economic sacrifices since the big, growing economies like India and China sure as hell won’t! But that doesn’t bother the shrieking greens. They are determined to get their way regardless.

    Why? Because the result is ultimately not important to them. The point is to “own the issue” and monster people as much as possible. They really get off on it.

  8. mo licha says:

    Its all part of the bigger plan, comrades.

    Small erosions of our civil liberties like this one occur every day.

    They’re like freaking termites chewing away at the foundations of our once great western society.

  9. Keith Hoy says:

    I am currently battling with the bin Nazis of Southwark Council (London)

    It has been confirmed by DEFRA that the FPN was issued illegally but the Bin Nazis Police ‘Boss’ dismissed my appeal with such arrogance that as I read the letter I was both furious and pleased at the same time !!!

    Anyone know where I can get legal advice how to fight this ticket ?

    Keith Hoy.

  10. Iain Hall says:

    Sorry Keith I can’t help you on that one Contact the opposition party in your area ?

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