Shoalhaven City Council is currently undertaking a blitz on abandoned trolleys left across the City with fines an option for shoppers found taking trolleys and leaving them outside of the shopping centre property.
As part of the blitz, Council has located and impounded nearly 60 trolleys over a two day period with further patrols planned for the coming weeks.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said Council was undertaking the clean-up to assist in the removal of the growing number of abandoned trolleys being left across the City.
The Mayor said all major retail businesses within the City had been advised in writing that any abandoned trolleys found outside of their premises would be impounded.
“Council has been aware of the growing number of abandoned trolleys being left on footpaths and alleyways across the City for some time,” said Clr Gash.
“Given this increasing trend, Council wrote to all local retail businesses advising them of the planned clean up providing a two week grace period prior to commencing the blitz.
“While staff have only recently commenced the exercise we have already seen nearly 60 abandoned trolleys impounded in two days by Council.”
“Council has advised all retail businesses that impounded trolleys will be returned at a cost of $85 per trolley.”
The Mayor said that as part of the blitz Council Rangers would continue to impound trolleys on a random basis while also potentially issuing fines to shoppers found taking trolleys and leaving them in the streets.
Fines of up to $220 are able to be issued to shoppers caught taking trolleys and failing to return to a business or property.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 172