After giving her garden a good spring clean with the help of her grandson, Kay McIntyre dutifully tossed the uprooted weeds into the green waste bin.
But the 74-year-old was amazed when binmen refused to collect it – because they claimed the plants had too much mud stuck to their roots.
When she complained, Mrs McIntyre did not receive an apology but was instead visited by a ‘community recycling officer’, who was sent to sift through her wheelie-bin and examine just how dirty its contents were.
Kay said she was ‘staggered’ at the fuss over whether her weeds were too dirty.
And furious son Andy, who lives on the same street, said: "It’s the lunatics in charge of the asylum. Are we going to be asked to wash our weeds next?
"This is council taxpayer’s money. That’s why councils are in the mess they are in. There’s someone sitting there thinking of parameters for weeds and soil. It’s utter madness."