Why is Council considering introducing this new by-law?
Abandoned trolleys can pose a danger to motorists and pedestrians,
particularly those with disabilities. They often block footpaths and roads
around shopping centres.
They are also an eyesore, and can be found dumped in parks and waterways.
The new by-law would put the onus on retailers and the community to keep trolleys off the streets. Council understands that the true responsibility for the problem lies with shoppers, but for effective enforcement (making a solution to dumped trolleys more likely) the by-law encourages retailers to take action as well as shoppers.
Has Council done anything to try and fix the problem?
Council launched a community awareness campaign to end trolley dumping
in May 2018. The campaign received a huge amount of public support.
In July 2018 it brought together more than 40 retailers, government organisations and other Councils at a summit to seek a solution to the problem.
Feedback from retailers was that no one wanted to pay to develop a better collection system unless all competitors faced the same costs – the proposed by-law ensures all major retailers are treated equally.
Council staff regularly report abandoned trolleys to retailers for collection.
Why is Council imposing a burden on the retailers?
Retailers have a responsibility to keep the city tidy, and installing
containment systems is a practical solution. Council engaged with retailers
about fixing the problem in 2018, but nothing has changed.
When could the new by-law be introduced?
Council is expected to consider the results of community
consultation in January 2020.
If Council decides to proceed with the by-law it must be approved by a parliamentary committee. The by-law could be introduced in late 2020.
What types of containment systems could retailers install?
Electronic locking – a mechanism that automatically locks a trolley’s wheels if an attempt is made to remove it from a shopping centre car park
Coin deposit - the customer receives a refund when they return a trolley
What about people who need trolleys to take shopping home?
People could ask a relative or friend to help them.
People who are frail or aged may be eligible to use the City of Marion Community Bus, or access volunteer support. Additionally, people can consider purchasing a personal shopping caddy.
How would the level of fine be set?
Under the Local Government Act:
the maximum expiation fee that can be set for Council by-laws is $187.50
the maximum penalty a court could impose would be $750