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Council concerned by increase in number of abandoned trolleys

Shoalhaven City Council Rangers impounded over 60 abandoned shopping trolleys during a routine ‘round up’ in and around the Nowra CBD last Thursday 18 August.

The issue of abandoned trolleys was again highlighted recently when a trolley was allegedly thrown from the Jane Street Overpass onto the Princes Highway at Nowra.

Shoalhaven City Council Rangers Manager, Michael Jarman said he was alarmed with the increase in abandoned trolleys saying the previous ‘round up’ in February resulted in less than 20 trolleys being impounded.

“The supermarkets can reclaim their impounded trolleys by paying a release fee of $80 per trolley,” said Mr Jarman.

“However this fee can be viewed as a minor penalty given the ongoing costs incurred by the community as a result of the offending trolleys being used in acts of vandalism.

“The increase in the number of trolleys impounded raises serious concerns about the supermarkets willingness to combat the issue.”

“In the meantime Council will continue to ‘round up’ trolleys abandoned in the City’s parks, reserves and roadside areas.”

Concerned residents are encouraged to report abandoned trolleys to ‘Trolley Trackers’ on 1800 641 497 or Council Rangers on (02) 4429 3111.

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