Evening Chronicle: Rubbish research; COMMENT.
But there is a serious message and a laudable aim to the plans by Der-wentside District council.
As with every other local authority, its recycling rate comes under scrutiny.
The rate in Derwentside reached 29% this year, but the council believes it can hit 35% if it can re-educate families who contaminate recyclable goods with household waste.
Workers who sort recycling bins into different material types for reprocessing have been faced with old foodstuffs and even dog mess - an unpalatable and unfair prospect for those merely going about their daily job.
The council believes a small minority is spoiling the good work of the majority.
Auditing and then targeting those who do not comply with the request to recycle may be radical, but if it achieves the laudable goal of increasing recycling rates, it is a move worth making.