A householder in Exeter, UK, is to be prosecuted by her local council for allegedly placing non-recyclable waste into her green wheelie bin.
Donna Challice, 30, faces a potential find of up to 1,000 if convicted, and is believed to be the first person in Britain to be tried for putting the wrong material in her recycling bin. The unemployed mother of three is accused of putting items other than cans, paper, cardboard and plastic in her green bin. The woman was sent several warnings and her upcoming court appearance will be watched closely by authorities to see how the case is decided.
The offence occurred before new legislation came into force last month. From April 6 people who disobey recycling rules can face on-the-spot summonses for 100 under the Clean Neighborhoods Act.