Charge supermarkets for abandoned trolleys in Northampton says borough councillor

A shopping trolley among some of the waste dumped in the Briarhill area earlier this year.

A shopping trolley among some of the waste dumped in the Briarhill area earlier this year.

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Abandoned shopping trolleys should be collected by Northampton Borough Council and the supermarkets charged for the hassle, a Labour councillor will say at the Guildhall on Monday.

Councillor Julie Davenport (Lab, Delapre & Briar Hill) will make a case for the local authority wardens to begin collecting the dumped objects at the upcoming full council meeting next week.

As part of a motion submitted to the authority on behalf of the opposition Labour group, she said: “This council does not currently collect abandoned trolleys.

“We ask the cabinet member to consider adopting a policy of collecting trollies by our Neighbourhood Wardens and then charging the supermarkets for costs of removal, storage and disposal.

“We would like the cabinet member to report back to full council in his report on Monday, December 14, 2015.”

Although the authority currently works with national “trolley retrieval service” Trolleywise, Councillor Davenport, has urged the borough’s chief executive David Kennedy to write to all local supermarkets to ensure they are part of the scheme.

Newport-based Trolleywise removes more than 400,000 of the dumped items nationally every year and returns them to the retailer. Around the UK, about 1.5 million are abandoned on streets and waterways.

The full Northampton Borough Council meeting is set to take place at the Guildhall on Monday, November 2, at 6.30pm.