Naughty residents in Cambridge who leave their wheelie bins out in the street are to be shown the red card.
Cambridge City Council chiefs plan to slap red stickers on rogue bins in a campaign to "encourage residents to be more thoughtful to their neighbours when leaving their bins out".
The plans were set out in a council report to the east area committee of residents and councillors published this week.
The report said: "If bins are left out on the street this becomes the responsibility of the executive councillor for streets and open spaces.
"Due to a change in regulation it was now more problematic for the council to take action. Discussion had taken place regarding the use of red stickers when the bins were not put away.
"A campaign was being planned to encourage residents to be more thoughtful to their neighbours when leaving their bins out, this would take place after the new recycling campaign.
"The (council's) enforcement officers had been working with legal to look to target areas where the civic action route could be taken on those repeat offenders who left their bins out which became a nuisance."
Plans for the red stickers come after a change in the law regarding bins being left on roads and in the street.
The 'environmental crime' is now a civil instead of a criminal matter.
The council has previously said enforcement was a "cumbersome process requiring that the intention to issue a fine be notified to the bin owner in writing".
Leaving bins out in the “wrong place” is no longer a crime.
The Deregulation Act 2015 replaced the criminal offence of failing to comply with bin requirements with a civil penalty. The new civil penalty can only be used where the offence caused or is likely to cause a nuisance, or has been or is likely to be detrimental to any amenities of the locality.
The council has been contacted for comment.
How bins left out miffed young Millie
The News previously reported an example of how bad bin etiquette ticked off a young girl.
Three-year-old Millie was unimpressed when a collection crew left a cluster of bins blocking the pavement.
The young Cambridge resident was pictured exasperated by the seven wheelie bins left scattered outside her home.
Her dad, Tompion Platt, shared the photo on Twitter with Cambridge City Council to complain about the blocked footpath.
He told the News that he had caught the moment Millie stepped out of their St Matthew's Street home and exclaimed: "Daddy, I can't get past!"
The city council has set out the rules on bins:
- Placed out at the kerbside by 7am on the day of collection, or if this isnt possible, the night before (no earlier than 6pm).
- Bins must be placed out for collection on the correct day only, for example; black bin on the black bin day (see the calendar)
- Lids should be shut, with no excess rubbish, on top or by the side of the bin
- Bins must be taken off the pavement after collection
- Recycling bins must have the correct items in
You've bin told.