PUBLIC bins are to be spied on by a council to stop residents using them for household rubbish.
Chiefs at South Gloucestershire said people regularly use them for home waste — and could be fined £200.
A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “We provide public litter bins across the district for items that people need to dispose when out and about.
“They should not be used for disposing of excess household waste as they don’t have the capacity for this and if people fill them up in this way, they cannot serve the purpose for which they are intended.
“Households struggling with waste can contact the council who can provide advice and extra capacity, where appropriate, and or give advice on recycling if part of their surplus is recyclable.”
But residents blamed fortnightly wheelie bin collections for the habit.
Chris Roly wrote on Facebook: “If the council goes ahead with this plan I can see some householders beginning to take part in early hours fly tipping.
“At least, at the moment, the household waste is being put in a waste recycling bin.
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“Surely you want families to deposit their rubbish in a bin.
“If you bring in a strict regime you risk alienating the householders who look at the black bin as a general rubbish bin.”
Eileen Hembury said: “So if they find something that shouldn’t be there, what are they going to do?”
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