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Recycling Nazis suffer setback

First recycling prosecution fails - Britain - Times Online

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!

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no doubt Refuse Enforcement Officers will soon have executive powers to enter on to land so that they can snoop in our rubbish.

Englishman, do we know of anyone that could show us how to properly booby trap a dustbin so that when the long arm of Mr Blair lifts the lid to see what is in there ....... ??!!

"It will be hard to bring cases like this if there has to be direct evidence of an individual contaminating a recycling bin"

Oh yes, how terribly hard it is to prosecute someone when there has to be evidence.

What a confounded nuisance this legal process is!

How much easier it would be it we could convict on a mere suspicion!

Over to Tony Blair...

Screw recycling, it's a waste of time, ewnergy and resources. How in the hell do they expect to build Civilization if they don't have heaps of rubbish piled-up here and there? It's a building-block and measure of growth - turning all Green and naturistic is a policy of death. Besides, Greens are watermelons, they're red on the inside.

andrew duffin

"Oh yes, how terribly hard it is to prosecute someone when there has to be evidence"

True but, since the beginning of the year, the police don't require evidence to arrest you - so all it needs is for Mr Trim to give a nod to Mr Plod and Mrs Challice's could be made very uncomfortable for a few hours.

Does the Magna Carta or Bill of Rights actually stand for anything any more?
The law lords say they still stand and yet we see more and more erosion of our liberty for the sake of European style Justice

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