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Litter Police make £35 for every fine handed out

Litter wardens collect £35 for every fine they hand out

UK Daily Mail
May 30, 2008

Wardens in one city are earning their employer £35 for every fine they dole out to those they see dropping litter.

The private company is paid on a commission-only basis by the council – and there is no limit to what it can earn.

Since the scheme was introduced last year, two wardens have raked in tens of thousands of pounds for the firm, called Xfor.

Critics last night described it as ’ outrageous’ and said it encouraged them to collar members of the public ’on the flimsiest evidence’.

Details of the scheme, which has been pioneered by Tory-run Peterborough City Council, emerged after the authority admitted handing out littering fines to 1,772 pedestrians last year, bringing a total of £62,020 in commission.

In addition, a further 119 drivers were posted penalty notices using information from the vehicle registration, adding another £4,165.

Police and community support officers can issue the tickets but the vast majority are understood to have been handed out by two environmental wardens – meaning they could have earned their employer more than £30,000 each. However, they will have been paid a flat rate of £300 a week.

Even when the £75 on-the- spot fixed penalty notice is reduced to £50 when paid within 21 days, the £35 commission remains the same.

It was not clear last night whether any other local authorities operate similar schemes but other councils are likely to adopt it.

 

Watched-as-you-throw: One in five wheelie bins microchipped as councils prepare for bin taxes

UK Daily Mail
May 31, 2008

One in five homes has been given wheelie bins that have been fitted with microchips in preparation for pay-as-you-throw bin taxes, according to research by the Daily Mail.

It shows that a fifth of the town halls that collect household rubbish have equipped their bins with chips or have found other ways of labelling them.

The spread of microchips means that the number of councils prepared to bring in the charges has doubled over recent months.

Microchips or labels that can be read on dustcarts are key component of bin tax schemes which rely on weighing or measuring the rubbish put out by a home in order to sent the right bill to the right family.

The increase in numbers of councils equipping their bins with chips suggests that Gordon Brown’s repeated pledges to kill off bin taxes are unlikely to be fulfilled.

Local authorities are also planning tighter enforcement of bin rules and regulations.

One in four intend to bring in stricter ’bin police’ regimes against families who leave their bin lids open, put their bins out too early, or leave extra rubbish alongside them.

The policing of rubbish bins by teams of council wardens has been a cause of growing public anger.

A bus driver in Cumbria was left with a criminal record because his family left their bin lid open a few inches because it was too full, and a war veteran of 95 in Norwich had his collections stopped because he put a ketchup bottle in the wrong bin.

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Garbage Police in the UK
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1022174/Bin..medical-details.html

 


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Sorry it’s now happening in good ole Mayodan and North Carolina

http://uswgo.com/north-carolina-and-mayodan-nc-will-have-a-bin-police-squad/

Comment by Brian Hill

North Carolina, and Mayodan NC will have a bin police squad!…

That’s right I received a letter from the town of Mayodan telling me that they will randomly inspect trash bins to make sure we don’t have banned items and this means that the state of North Carolina and Mayodan may start their own Bin Poli…

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