Hundreds of wheelie bins have been confiscated from outside people's homes by a council - after being left outside too long.
Action has been taken by thirty-eight streets in Fenton, Hanley and Codbridge.
More than 200 wheelie bins were seized during two days of action earlier this month.
Now families whose bins have been removed must call the council to get them back.
Existing rules mean residents must put their rubbish out the day before collection and then collect their bin by the end of the collection day.
Council bosses wrote to residents in the 38 streets to warn them that their bins would be seized.
Jeff Cooke, who is 65, lives on Carron Street in Fenton and supports the councils crackdown.
But other residents have criticised the action after residents whose bins have been seized put out black bags instead.