A council has seized more than 1,300 bins of residents as punishment for the fall of recycling rules after the use of specialized "snoopers" to inspect people's nonsense.
Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire hired 12 full-time "advisers" last month to search recycling bins for Council collection boards to ensure that waste is properly separated.
Anyone who has found contaminated items with waste such as food scraps, diapers and garden waste has a trash can with a yellow warning sticker.
Return offenders caught breaking the rules have confiscated their green-colored recycling bins under a "two strikes and you're out" policy.
The council confirmed that 1,341 bins from residents in Huddersfield have been seized since the policy was introduced on April 1 and are now being seized by a depot managed by the municipality.
Residents have to wait six months before they can get their bins back. It is not clear whether people are being accused of having seized the containers.
Council heads said the clampdown was launched to prevent recyclable waste from being destroyed after it was "contaminated" with non-renewable waste.