Stop dumped trolleys littering streets bid

Canterbury Bankstown Cr Clare Raffan says the problem of abandoned shopping trolleys should be tackled head on.

Story appeared in: Torch | November 7th, 2017

AFTER six weeks of watching a shopping trolley sitting desolately in his street, Georges Hall resident Richard Kolodziej couldn't bear it anymore.
"I decided to wheel it back the near kilometre to the shopping centre rather than bother with the pick up service that apparently exists," Mr Kolodziej said.
Halfway there, Mr Kolodziej added another shopping trolley to his good deed.
"A little further on, I sighted another two, but since I was now pushing uphill I decided that those two could stay behind," he said.
"It's not really the fault of the supermarkets, but perhaps they ought to do more. Is it asking people too much, that, if you can take the shopping trolley out, then you can bring it back?"
Newly elected councillor Clare Raffan agrees.
"We need to tackle this problem head on. It's way out of hand," she said.
Cr Raffan said negotiating disregarded shopping trolleys in her Canterbury ward is a skill she would rather not have, and has called on the council to look at measures to combat the problem.
"It's not just a problem in my ward, but a city wide problem that needs to be addressed," she said.
"I'm sick to death of seeing dumped trolleys littering our streets. As we see more and more high rise residential apartments in our shopping centres, this problem is only going to get worse."
Cr Raffan said wants the council to pressure retailers, especially the big supermarkets, to take more responsibility for dumped trolleys.
Abandoned shopping trolleys can be reported to Trolley Tracker on 1800 641 497.
A council spokesperson said residents can also contact the store directly if the trolley is clearly labelled.

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