She said she was made to “feel like a dangerous criminal” by one of Britain's new army of recycling officers, dubbed “the Talibin”, who accused her of fly-tipping.
She said she felt scared when he turned up on her doorstep, telling her an old address label found near the bins linked her to a bag of newspapers that had not been properly disposed of.
Ms Kramer, an Ofsted inspector, insists she has done nothing wrong but now faces a £75 fine for alleged fly-tipping.
The row comes after it was revealed householders who put out “too much” rubbish face harsher punishments than shoplifters and drunken louts, including £110 on-the-spot fines.
Ms Kramer said her ordeal began after she travelled to a recycling point at a Tesco store near her home in Bradwell, Essex. Later a recycling officer from Braintree Council knocked at her door.
“From the outset he treated me like I was a dangerous criminal,” said Ms Kramer. She said he introduced himself as though he was from a Communist-era secret police, adding: “He made no attempt to be civil or courteous. His manner was rude, offensive and bullying.
“He told me three times he needed to caution me. He said I could be arrested. He told me he had the power to enter my premises. I felt intimidated. I tried to close the door and he wouldn't let me. He started pushing his way in. I was scared.”
After he left, she says she was “gobsmacked” when he returned half an hour later with a police officer who told her she could pay a £75 fine or “terminate the interview so as not to incriminate myself”.
She said: “All I did was take my newspapers to the recycling point at Tesco.”
The former teacher insists she has no idea how a label with her address on was found because she usually destroys anything that could make her a target of identity theft.
She added: “I take recycling very seriously. I go two or three times a week as I don't like it building up between fortnightly collections.”
She has made formal complaints to the council and Essex Police.