Lismore Council’s environmental strategies officer Vanessa Tallon (with one of the shopping trolleys available to residents), Council ranger Joe Monks and Mayor Jenny Dowell at Tucki Tucki Creek in Goonellabah where five shopping trolleys were dumped this week.
Lismore Council’s environmental strategies officer Vanessa Tallon (with one of the shopping trolleys available to residents), Council ranger Joe Monks and Mayor Jenny Dowell at Tucki Tucki Creek in Goonellabah where five shopping trolleys were dumped this week.

Shopping trolleys a blight on city

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell said not only are abandoned trolleys an eyesore and a potential hazard in stormwater drains and creeks, but they could also become expensive for the people leaving them around.

“Residents may be unaware that an on-the-spot fine of $110 may be issued to anyone caught leaving a trolley in a public place, or $452 for leaving them on a road likely to endanger the public” Mayor Dowell said. “Of course Council would much prefer our residents to do the right thing without us having to use the big stick, so we are appealing to residents to work with us and the major retailers, to address this community problem”.

Mayor Dowell said some trolleys are left up to 6km from stores and this week there were five dumped in Tucki Tucki Creek, just down from the Council Chambers in Goonellabah.

“When you see trolleys abandoned in creeks and bushland it’s horrible,” Council ranger Joe Monks said. “It’s visual pollution and it’s actual pollution.”

Council understands that some people often take trolleys to push shopping home. To help solve this, Council has 20 personal shopping trolleys to give away to the first people who call that live within a few kilometres of supermarket, have no car, are on a low income and regularly carry shopping home. Simply phone 6625 0500.

Council is also urging residents to report abandoned trolleys so stores can collect them. Woolworths, Big W and Kmart trolleys can be reported online at www.trolleytracker.com.au or through the freecall number 1800 641 497. Every month one person wins a $1000 open order.

Coles trolleys can be reported to 1800 TROLLEY.


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