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On Thursday 20 February, more than 100 abandoned trolleys were picked up and impounded in Canterbury-Bankstown in a campaign to remove the unsightly items from streets and parks.
Retailers are responsible for picking up abandoned shopping trolleys as part of an agreement between the Australian Retailers Association NSW and the peak body representing councils from NSW.
Mayor Khal Asfour said the community are tired of seeing shopping trolleys abandoned and that they needed to be cleaned up.
"By day's end, our Council workers impounded more than 100 trolleys left abandoned on our residential streets and local parks," he said.
"Our community, myself included, are sick of abandoned trolleys making our streets look untidy and unsightly, it's simply not acceptable.
"To our community, if you see a trolley in your streets or local park, call or contact the supermarket who owns it and ask them to pick it up, like they should."
Retailers will be able to collect their impounded trolleys within 28 days and upon payment of an impounding fee or the items will be disposed of.
The City of Canterbury Bankstown is working to make it mandatory for all future shopping complexes to have trolley management systems, such as coin-operation or wheel locking devices.
Several shopping trolleys were among the rubbish removed from the Cooks River last week by the Ocean Crusaders who held their Cooks River Clean Up.
The NSW Government is currently reviewing council powers to combat abandoned shopping trolleys with the aim of strengthening them. Currently councils can fine people who leave them on the street and can impose impounding fees on supermarkets.
Residents are encouraged to report abandoned trolleys, by phone or online, and to write to their supermarket if they are unhappy with their response.
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20/04/2020 4:29 PM