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Pop star not made an example of

Pop star Charlotte Church was not made an example of because of her celebrity status after receiving a 15-minute dressing down from council officials.

The singer failed to recycle her rubbish properly, leaving a dozen bin bags outside her Cardiff home on the wrong day, and as a result received a visit from local waste officers.

As part of the procedure, she received instructions on how to separate ordinary household waste from recyclable materials, ordered to place bags in wheelie bins and reminded of the correct collection day for rubbish.

While her and rugby-playing partner Gavin Henson could face a possible fine of £75 if the practice continues, the story made headline news in the tabloids and created more exposure for the issues surrounding recycling and waste management.

But Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) communications officer Joy Blizzard suggested that Cardiff City Council officials were merely doing their job and would have acted similarly whoever was involved.

She said: Local authorities offer help and advice on recycling and waste issues to all their residents regardless of their celebrity status.

The issue of how we deal with our waste has been in the headlines quite a lot recently, with local environment minister Ben Bradshaw having his own recycling habits scrutinised by a national newspaper.

And commenting on the recent press inclination to sensationalise such incidents, he said at the LARAC conference in November: Innocent martyrs are being created, guilty of nothing but putting out the wrong waste in the wrong bin on the wrong day. But todays headlines are tomorrows recycling.



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