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Woman in court on recycle charges
Donna Challice
Donna Challice denies six charges
A 30-year-old mother of three has appeared before magistrates in Devon accused of failing to recycle household waste properly.

Donna Challice, of Wonford, Exeter, is being prosecuted for contaminating recyclable rubbish under the Environmental Protection Act.

She denies six charges brought by Exeter City Council in what is thought to be the first case of its kind.

The case was adjourned by Cullompton magistrates for two weeks.

She was released on bail and will next appear at the same court on 5 June for a pre-trial review.

The offences of putting food waste into recycling bins are alleged to have taken place on 2 and 16 November 2005, 30 and 14 December 2005, and 8 and 22 February 2006.

She faces a possible fine of 1,000 and court costs if found guilty.

Under the Environmental Protection Act, local authorities have the power to specify how people separate their waste, which bin it should be placed in and which day it will be collected.

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