Recycling Nazis suffer setback
THE first person to be prosecuted for failing to recycle household rubbish was cleared of any offence yesterday after magistrates decided that there was insufficient evidence to convict.
The decision by magistrates could have implications for other councils trying to persuade householders to sort their waste before putting it in the appropriate bins. Exeter City Council, which brought the prosecution, called for a change in the law to make it easier to get a conviction
Mrs Challice had repeatedly told council investigators that neither she nor her children, Warren, 14, Kimberley, 12, and Ryan, 10, had put the food into the bin outside her home in Hazel Road, Exeter.
Mark Shell, her solicitor, said: “Who put the items in the bin? We do not know. It is not our problem. It is the Crown who have to satisfy the court that it was the defendant.”
After the case Mike Trim, the Exeter City Council recycling officer, said: “We will have to look at the implications for us and other local authorities. It will be hard to bring cases like this if there has to be direct evidence of an individual contaminating a recycling bin.
“It’s hard to see how you can carry out surveillance practically on what people do in their own homes and their own back gardens...
Oh, but you would love to, wouldn't you - watching, monitoring, surveillance, lovely lovely lovely. The proles must be controlled and just because there isn't any evidence doesn't mean we shouldn't prosecute, fine, imprison, flog and hang the non-believers!