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Are you sick of shopping trolleys in your streets?

By thebadtouch - 12 August 2015 33

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The exponential increase in the number of shopping trolleys dumped in Australian streets is a disgrace. They litter the streets and can cause panel damage to parked cars. They are dumped in waterways, on roadsides and nature strips. They make our towns and suburbs look untidy and unloved.

In addition to being eyesores, especially when dumped in enviro-sensitive areas such as alongside streams or in nearby recreational bushland spaces, these trolleys are a hazard to pedestrians and traffic and cost retailers millions of dollars a year to replace, repair or return to the store.

If, like me, you’re sick of the sight of trolleys in your suburb then I encourage you to please sign the petition I’ve started on Change.org. 7

Feel free to share this link too. The more people who sign, the more Coles and Woolworths will have to take notice.

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Are you sick of shopping trolleys in your streets?
dungfungus 3:37 pm 12 Aug 15

damien haas said :

They are indeed a blight.

Excellent post with some ways to report the problem here:

https://inthetaratory.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/the-shopping-trolley/

For a wonderful moment or two I thought your opening sentence was referring to trams!

Alexandra Craig 3:09 pm 12 Aug 15

Antagonist said :

Evilomlap said :

Antagonist said :

Alexandra Craig said :

I thought we already had coin operated trolleys. Either way, I don’t think they work. If I am going to steal a trolley I won’t be concerned about losing a few dollars.

The coin-op system as used by Aldi is not there to discourage theft. It provides an incentive to return the trolley to the store when they are finished with it. It also saves money on having to pay trolley collectors. If you don’t think it works, just ask yourself how many abandoned ALDI trolleys you have seen in carparks? Now ask yourself how many abandoned Coleworths trolleys you have seen abandoned. It is also interesting to note that ALDIs trolleys are always in *much* better condition than any trolley you will find in Coleworths. The system not only works, but it works exceptionally well. Coleworths would do well to follow ALDI’s lead.

It doesn’t work very well at the Jamison ALDI, because there’s a Coles next door. Mostly, people just grab a Coles trolley to use in ALDI.

Works fine at Aldi Chisholm which also has a Coles next door. It also works fine at Aldi Tuggeranong which is right next to a Coles, Woolworths, Big W and Target who all provide free trolleys. Take a guess which trolleys get abandoned and which ones do not? Hint: I have never seen an abandoned Aldi trolley before – not ever.

Alexandra Craig said :

It’s not just Aldi. Coles Manuka have them I’m pretty sure, as do Woolworths Dickson. I’ve seen abandoned trolleys in both areas.

With coins in them? Yeah, right. I’m calling you out on it, too.

Don’t know. I don’t go up and inspect them. But chances are, they don’t have coins but rather those little plastic fake coin things that you can get. Woolworths make them with their own branding on the side. I have a couple somewhere, they attach to a keyring.

damien haas 2:33 pm 12 Aug 15

They are indeed a blight.

Excellent post with some ways to report the problem here:

https://inthetaratory.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/the-shopping-trolley/

Antagonist 1:36 pm 12 Aug 15

Evilomlap said :

Antagonist said :

Alexandra Craig said :

I thought we already had coin operated trolleys. Either way, I don’t think they work. If I am going to steal a trolley I won’t be concerned about losing a few dollars.

The coin-op system as used by Aldi is not there to discourage theft. It provides an incentive to return the trolley to the store when they are finished with it. It also saves money on having to pay trolley collectors. If you don’t think it works, just ask yourself how many abandoned ALDI trolleys you have seen in carparks? Now ask yourself how many abandoned Coleworths trolleys you have seen abandoned. It is also interesting to note that ALDIs trolleys are always in *much* better condition than any trolley you will find in Coleworths. The system not only works, but it works exceptionally well. Coleworths would do well to follow ALDI’s lead.

It doesn’t work very well at the Jamison ALDI, because there’s a Coles next door. Mostly, people just grab a Coles trolley to use in ALDI.

Works fine at Aldi Chisholm which also has a Coles next door. It also works fine at Aldi Tuggeranong which is right next to a Coles, Woolworths, Big W and Target who all provide free trolleys. Take a guess which trolleys get abandoned and which ones do not? Hint: I have never seen an abandoned Aldi trolley before – not ever.

Alexandra Craig said :

It’s not just Aldi. Coles Manuka have them I’m pretty sure, as do Woolworths Dickson. I’ve seen abandoned trolleys in both areas.

With coins in them? Yeah, right. I’m calling you out on it, too.

Nilrem 1:04 pm 12 Aug 15

On a related topic, has anyone noticed that in the Canberra Centre car park underground underneath Superbarn, the first few rows of trolley return bays are all for Supabarn trolleys, with the Aldi one relegated to further away? Why is this so? Aldi and Supabarn are about the same distance from the car park entrance.

Alexandra Craig 12:50 pm 12 Aug 15

Antagonist said :

Alexandra Craig said :

I thought we already had coin operated trolleys. Either way, I don’t think they work. If I am going to steal a trolley I won’t be concerned about losing a few dollars.

The coin-op system as used by Aldi is not there to discourage theft. It provides an incentive to return the trolley to the store when they are finished with it. It also saves money on having to pay trolley collectors. If you don’t think it works, just ask yourself how many abandoned ALDI trolleys you have seen in carparks? Now ask yourself how many abandoned Coleworths trolleys you have seen abandoned. It is also interesting to note that ALDIs trolleys are always in *much* better condition than any trolley you will find in Coleworths. The system not only works, but it works exceptionally well. Coleworths would do well to follow ALDI’s lead.

It’s not just Aldi. Coles Manuka have them I’m pretty sure, as do Woolworths Dickson. I’ve seen abandoned trolleys in both areas.

Evilomlap 12:21 pm 12 Aug 15

Antagonist said :

Alexandra Craig said :

I thought we already had coin operated trolleys. Either way, I don’t think they work. If I am going to steal a trolley I won’t be concerned about losing a few dollars.

The coin-op system as used by Aldi is not there to discourage theft. It provides an incentive to return the trolley to the store when they are finished with it. It also saves money on having to pay trolley collectors. If you don’t think it works, just ask yourself how many abandoned ALDI trolleys you have seen in carparks? Now ask yourself how many abandoned Coleworths trolleys you have seen abandoned. It is also interesting to note that ALDIs trolleys are always in *much* better condition than any trolley you will find in Coleworths. The system not only works, but it works exceptionally well. Coleworths would do well to follow ALDI’s lead.

It doesn’t work very well at the Jamison ALDI, because there’s a Coles next door. Mostly, people just grab a Coles trolley to use in ALDI.

Or if they are hopelessly disorganised and lacking in any kind of forward planning (like me) they do the dancing juggling act of trying to carry as much as possible in their arms. (Picture an idiot standing in an aisle carrying toilet paper, dishwasher tablets, four cans of tuna and a box of biscuits staring at the tissues and doing a sort of tetris-like visualisation in his mind while thinking ‘I suppose I don’t really need tissues’ and you get the idea…)

Antagonist 11:32 am 12 Aug 15

Alexandra Craig said :

I thought we already had coin operated trolleys. Either way, I don’t think they work. If I am going to steal a trolley I won’t be concerned about losing a few dollars.

The coin-op system as used by Aldi is not there to discourage theft. It provides an incentive to return the trolley to the store when they are finished with it. It also saves money on having to pay trolley collectors. If you don’t think it works, just ask yourself how many abandoned ALDI trolleys you have seen in carparks? Now ask yourself how many abandoned Coleworths trolleys you have seen abandoned. It is also interesting to note that ALDIs trolleys are always in *much* better condition than any trolley you will find in Coleworths. The system not only works, but it works exceptionally well. Coleworths would do well to follow ALDI’s lead.

Holden Caulfield 11:14 am 12 Aug 15

How much does a trolley fetch on the black market?

Alexandra Craig 10:10 am 12 Aug 15

I thought we already had coin operated trolleys. Either way, I don’t think they work. If I am going to steal a trolley I won’t be concerned about losing a few dollars.

Antagonist 9:59 am 12 Aug 15

FB said :

Off topic, There is actually a young boy of about 12 or so who hangs around the Kippax Wollies car park and kinda tangles the trolleys in the trolley bay, requiring you have another coin and a bit of patience to untangle it and return your trolley. Quite a few just give up and dump the trolley. They boy then returns the trolley for his own gain. I sat in the car and amusedly watched him do this for half an hour. In that time he managed get about 6 trolleys. Now assuming they were all $1 coins and not $2 then he got $6 in 30 mins. $12 an hour untaxed for a kid is a jackpot!

Genius 🙂

Back in the late 80s and early 90s, they used to have the coin-op trolleys out in Quangers at the Riverside Plaza. There used to be an old duck that would go around the carpark asking people for their trolleys. At 20 cents a throw we were quite happy for her to take the trolley away for us. It was rumoured that she had made thousands of dollars by the time she was done.

dungfungus 9:09 am 12 Aug 15

STOP THE TROLLEYS!

FB 8:56 am 12 Aug 15

I don’t really think this is a viable solution. It’s a bit like punishing the many for the sins of the few. My local Woolies (Kippax) has coin trolleys. I avoid the place because of this and shop elsewhere. I often don’t have a coin on me when I just drop in and every time I try to return the trolley to the trolley bay it’s blocked etc.
I think the retailers know this so won’t implement it nationwide. As a result retailers are not going to implement the change themself. The law and penalties are pretty clear regarding trolleys
http://www.tams.act.gov.au/city-services/city_rangers/changes_to_shopping_trolley_legislation_litter_act_2004
They just need to be enforced more.
Off topic, There is actually a young boy of about 12 or so who hangs around the Kippax Wollies car park and kinda tangles the trolleys in the trolley bay, requiring you have another coin and a bit of patience to untangle it and return your trolley. Quite a few just give up and dump the trolley. They boy then returns the trolley for his own gain. I sat in the car and amusedly watched him do this for half an hour. In that time he managed get about 6 trolleys. Now assuming they were all $1 coins and not $2 then he got $6 in 30 mins. $12 an hour untaxed for a kid is a jackpot!

neanderthalsis 8:54 am 12 Aug 15

“The more people who sign, the more Coles and Woolworths will have to take notice.”

It is not Coles and Woolies that are dumping the trolley’s, it is a small number of degenerates, university students and reprobates who push them home laden with frozen pies, 2 minute noodles and bags of crisps and then dump them. How about we petition TAMS to issue littering notices to those who dump them instead?

I do agree with Grail that more should be done to prevent trolleys from leaving the shopping centres. The ACT government leaving foot paths to crumble into disrepair seems to discourage this.

Grail 8:24 am 12 Aug 15

How about steering clear of the emotive language?

“Hello Rioters! I have an idea for clearing up all those shopping trolleys abandoned in the streets and dumped in our waterways. The major supermarket chains should introduce coin-operated trolleys like Aldi, so users are compelled to return them! Sign my petition here …”

That works a whole lot better for me, and I feel happy about signing the petition and I can convince myself that I’ve taken meaningful action!

Slacktivism at its finest 😀

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