Families could face fines of more than £500 for breaking wheelie bin rules.
Draconian new town hall tactics mean every adult in a household is hit with a £110 fine, rather than just one.
A family including an adult couple, two children over 18 and a grandparent could, in theory, be hit with five fines totalling £550.
The penalties are imposed for 'offences' such as putting a bin out too early or taking it in too late, leaving out extra sacks of rubbish and over-filling the bin.
Prime targets for mass fines are multi-occupancy properties, particularly student homes, where there is no clear head of the household.