Dumped trolley blitz to target hot spots

Hume City Council officers will undertake a blitz on dumped shopping trolleys, following an increase in reports of abandoned trolleys across the City.

Hume Mayor Councillor Drew Jessop said the blitz would see Council officers targeting abandoned trolleys, as well as Council working with retailers across the City to address the issue.

“In the first phase of the blitz, Council officers will be out in force collecting and returning abandoned trolleys to retailers,” Cr Jessop said.

“We will work with shopping centres and trolley collection agents to review trolley patrol schedules in areas that are identified as hot spots.”

Cr Jessop said most shoppers did their part to ensure trolleys were returned, however, there were those who didn’t, which led to the issue of dumped trolleys across the City.

“Unfortunately there are shoppers who don’t make the effort to return their trolley and leave them on the street, or in other public places, such as parks and waterways,” Cr Jessop said.

“Council will not hesitate to give on-the-spot fines to individuals who are caught abandoning trolleys in public places.”

Cr Jessop said residents and Council have had to deal with the visual and environmental pollution of abandoned shopping trolleys.

“Dumped trolleys in Hume not only affect the appearance of the City, but if left in local waterways, can be a hazard to the environment, and a danger to vehicles if left close to roads.

“I urge residents to be proactive and help Council and retail operators by reporting dumped trolleys and keeping them off the streets.

“A little bit of effort by everyone will help keep our City clean, tidy and make it a better place to live,” Cr Jessop said.

The dumping of shopping trolleys has increased as an issue over recent years, reaching a total of 296 reports of dumped trolleys in 2016, up from 196 in 2015, with hot spots in Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Meadow Heights, Roxburgh Park and Sunbury.

“Council needs the help of the community and encourages residents to report any illegal dumping, including dumped trolleys by calling 1300 HUME CLEAN or by submitting an online report on our website,” Cr Jessop said.

“You can also easily lodge a report in minutes using the Hume City Council app - and we thank those who have already done so.”

 A total of 5269 reports have been lodged through the Hume City Council app since April 2015, with dumped rubbish and shopping trolleys being the most common issue with 1292 reports. 

Posted on 9:00 AM, 16 February 2017

Updated : 4:37 PM, 17 February 2017

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