UK homeowners have been warned they could be fined £80 for making a common wheelie bin mistake.

The little known rule could see homeowners hit with a fixed penalty notice whenever their wheelie bin is judged to be causing a nuisance.

Gardening experts are alerting anyone with a wheelie bin of section 46A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Under the regulations, homeowners could be fined if the placement of their wheelie bin is likely to cause a nuisance.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Fines for breaking the rules could be as high as £80.

Experts at Garden Buildings Direct said: “It’s surprising what you can get fined for now, but using some common sense will mean you avoid any issues.

“Some simple bin etiquette will help. Only ever put your bin out on bin day - not days in advance - and once you’re home and it's empty, bring it back to the side or back of the house.

“Do be careful when leaving them out. Avoid blocking driveways, bus stops, cycle paths and footpaths. If you’re going to be away, ask a neighbour or family member to do your bins for you. There’s nothing worse than smelly rubbish sitting in the bin for weeks.

“Make sure you look after your bin too. If it gets damaged then it's worth contacting your local council. Many will replace or fix them free of charge.

“Finally, and this sounds obvious, but make sure you’re putting your rubbish in the correct bin. Bin colours aren’t uniform across the country so if you’re in a different area, it is important to check.

“Check too what can go in recycling and garden rubbish. You may be surprised at what is and isn’t allowed.”