With Bristol's recycling performance lying in 208th place among England's 358 local authorities, it's no wonder that Gary Hopkins (never knowingly avoiding controversy) wants to impose a bit of discipline on us throwaway residents.
At next week's cabinet meeting, he'll be wanting an official blessing for a pilot scheme that threatens punishment for residents who routinely dump recyclable materials in their black (landfill-bound) wheelie bins.
Fair 'nuff. It's a lazy habit that the rest of must pay for - as bad as littering. But I'm sure that the Evening Post, when it eventually spots it, will take its usual populist Daily Mail line and condemn the nanny-state spies who check what you chuck.
Just now, I'm more worried about whether the contractors who get paid handsomely to recycle waste are ever guilty of putting it in landfill instead. After Gea raised this possibility in a comment on a previous post I wrote to council contractors Recresco - twice - but didn't get any response, let alone the reassurance I wanted that plastic waste always does get recycled. Nor did Gary Hopkins - usually happy to add his point of view to this and other blogs - respond to a similar question.
So I'll try to get an answer with some 'Public Forum' questions at next Thursday's Cabinet meeting.
Watch this space.