An abandoned supermarket trolley recovery service has been started in Crawley.
Trolleywise collects dumped trolleys on Crawley’s Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys or Iceland stores’ behalf. The company charges between £35 to £150 per pick-up.
Dumped trolleys from one of the retailers can be reported by emailing Trolleywise, calling its freephone or downloading its app.
Carriers from other supermarkets can be reported directly to the retailer or to the council.
A Trolleywise spokesman said: “The Trolleywise aim is to develop a unified approach to the recovery and retrieval of trolleys in a practical and cost-effective manner whilst allowing flexibility for specialist solutions.
“Working closely with Canal & River Trust and DEFRA as well as local council authorities, fines for pollution and obstruction of waterways are increasingly being implemented which can result in a charge to retailers of up to £30,000.
“Trolleywise provide a safe and effective recovery solution for difficult to reach abandoned trolleys which brings benefits to the public, retailers and communities.”
It supports charity Trees For Cities, which promotes tree planting in urban communities.
Earlier this year a Crawley woman urged supermarkets to do more to stop shopping trolleys being dumped over town.
Vanessa Kirby, of Bewbush, had seen trolleys in front gardens, blocking main roads and burnt out in parks.
Vanessa, 66, called on supermarkets to be ‘good neighbours’ by ensuring their property stayed on site. She moved to Crawley 50 years ago and said the abandoned carriers were making it a ‘dump’.
She said: “I would like to see supermarkets say we won’t let them out of our stores.
“They are not shoppers’ baskets, they are the supermarket’s baskets and they should be kept in the store.”
Vanessa said the problem affected all the town’s supermarkets except the Iceland in Broadfield. The store’s trolleys have poles attached which block their exit from the site.
A council spokesman said: “Residents can report abandoned trolleys, together with a wide range of streetscene issues, to us on our website at www.crawley.gov.uk/reportaproblem or by calling 01293 438000. The council then contacts the owners of the trolleys for them to remove.”
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