As the winner of the Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable City Awards, Wyndham City Council is calling on the community and trolley owners to take responsibility for their trolleys to keep Wyndham clean.
Environment and Sustainability portfolio holder Cr Heather Marcus said trolleys outside of shopping centre complexes were considered litter, unsightly, a hazard to road users, and had a negative impact on the look and feel of the City.
“During the past 12 months, 115 residents reported abandoned trolleys to Council, with 200 trolleys collected by Council,” Cr Marcus said.
Cr Marcus termed the abandoned trolleys an eyesore and said they can be dangerous to the community when placed on footpaths or roads. “Those dumped in creeks and rivers may cause a build up of debris and contamination. We need everyone to step up and do their part for the environment, so I ask shoppers to do the right thing and bring their trolleys back to their local supermarkets after they offload their groceries.”
Cr Marcus said that many supermarkets had outsourced the management of their shopping trolleys and these contractors need to actively patrol Wyndham streets to ensure the trolleys are returned within the owner’s site. “Shopping trolley owners remain responsible for their trolleys, even if they have hired someone to manage their trolleys. Council is asking trolley owners to renew their trolley management plans with Council to encourage compliance with the local laws and avoid enforcement action. We encourage the retailers to be proactive and roll out new trolley technology, including a greater use of wheel locks and coin operated trolleys, together with a trolley tagging systems.”
Community members can report stray trolleys by calling Wyndham City Council on 9742 0777 or go here for more information: https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/services/local-laws-permits/other-laws-and-regulations