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Waste bin offenders to face lower fines

30 May 2012 Last updated at 07:57 BST

Households who overfill their rubbish bins or put them out at the wrong time will face smaller fines from now on.

The government has cut maximum charges councils can make from £110 to £80, in a move it says will promote "common sense" among officials.

Those who pay up early could be fined £40.

Chris Mason reports.