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7 Apr 2012

You want your trolley back? Here's the bill....

Anyone who lives near a supermarket knows how irritating and, sometimes dangerous, dumped trollies are.  Battle Ward has a Tesco in it's centre and a Waitrose and Asda nearby so dumped trollies are a regular feature.  The trolleys are currently reported and the supermarket collects them once or twice a week.

If approved at Cabinet on 16 April 2012, Labour led Reading Borough Council will be able to charge for collecting, storing and returning the trolley and, if not collected, destroying it.

I hope this means Battle ward is no longer littered with abandoned shopping trolleys!

'Charges for Dumped Shopping Trolleys

Reading Borough Council Press Release

New measures to charge supermarkets and convenience stores for abandoned shopping trolleys that are found dumped around the town look set to be adopted later this month.

After a borough-wide consultation process where no significant objections were made, Reading Borough Council officers will recommend to a Cabinet meeting on April 16th to accept measures that will see charges for removal, storage, or the disposal or return of shopping or luggage trolleys left abandoned.

As part of the process, the Council will consult with businesses and organisations affected by the changes at least every five years in order to monitor the impacts of the measure. An early review of the charges may also be necessary if there is any significant change in circumstances.

Proposed charges would be as follows:
" Removal: £15 per trolley
" Storage: £7.50 per week or part week
" Return the trolley to the business: £15 per trolley
" Disposal: £50 per trolley

If agreed by Cabinet on April 16, the new charges are likely to come into force from July 17.

Reading Borough Council's Lead Member for Environment and Climate Change, Cllr Paul Gittings, said: 'Residents in Reading are fiercely proud of their local areas and unattractive abandoned trolleys undermine this. We want to make Reading a greener and cleaner place to be and it is only fair that businesses who do not put in place the appropriate measures to collect their trolleys pay for their retrieval.'

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 allows local councils to remove abandoned shopping trolleys from their land and recover subsequent costs.. After removal a notice must then be served on the owner of the trolley within 14 days. If the owner claims the trolley it must be returned but only after the Council's charges have been paid. If the trolley is not claimed by the business, the Council may dispose of the trolley after a period of six weeks and may charge the owner for the subsequent costs of disposal.'

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