Council agree to charge for the collection of abandoned shopping trolleys

Published: Thursday, 17 January 2019

Plans for introducing a charge for the collection and storage of abandoned shopping trolleys were agreed at a Northampton Borough Council Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 16 January.

At the meeting, Councillors agreed to apply schedule four of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, across the whole of the borough, enabling the Council to seize and remove abandoned trolleys and then charge the owners for their return.

The introduction of a charge follows an increase of abandoned trolleys being reported to the Council during 2018 and support for the suggested charge via a consultation with supermarkets, businesses and residents.

The agreed charge of £65 per collected trolley will be introduced on 1 May and aims to encourage more supermarkets to make their own arrangements for preventing trolleys being taken off their premises and for collecting trolleys that are taken and abandoned.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “I’m pleased that plans for introducing a charge for the collection and storage of abandoned shopping trolleys were agreed at the meeting last night.

“We hope over time that the charge will encourage more supermarkets to make their own arrangements for collecting any of their own trolleys, taken from their premises.

“In the meantime, the charge will help cover some of the costs incurred by the Council for our Neighbourhood Warden and Park Rangers teams for collecting abandoned trolleys, from sometimes difficult locations.”