Worried residents thought their rubbish was being stolen when council 'spies' dressed in hoodies started rifling through their bins.
Concerned neighbours saw mysterious men emptying their bins into black sacks and loading them into an unmarked white van.
When homeowners questioned the official binmen an hour later they learned their council was conducting a survey of what was being thrown away.
A hooded council snooper takes rubbish from a wheelie bin. Worried residents thought their rubbish was being stolen
Sneaky: A council snooper takes rubbish from a wheelie bin in this photograph taken by a resident. Homeowners thought their rubbish was being stolen
The 'spies' were part of a week-long waste analysis study by the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership
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