BIN police are planning to fine people £1,000 if they fail to recycle their rubbish.
The pilot scheme would involve hiring two enforcement officers at a cost of £45,000.
If the plan is given the green light on Thursday then the officers would be used to rummage through black bin bags of residents who fail to put out recycling boxes.
They could then hand out fines ranging from £75 to £1,000 if they uncover any recyclable paper, cans or glass.
Strategic director for neighbourhoods Graham Sims outlined plans for the Recycling For All pilot scheme in a report to Bristol City Council’s Cabinet.
He said: “If after these steps the households are still not participating, the waste doctors will then need to check the refuse bins for recycling materials.”
The Council’s executive member for the environment Gary Hopkins said: “There are a number of people who say: ‘I’m not going to recycle.’ Frankly we have to tackle that.”
However, the Govern ment is likely to act this week to stamp out taxing rubbish and has pledged to end snooping on householders.
VOUCHERS for M&S, McDonald’s, Costa Coffee, Coca-Cola and Cineworld – worth up to £135 – are being used to reward people who fill their recycling bins in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Berks.