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Council gets tough on trolleys.

THE number of shopping trolleys abandoned in Cardiff has increased since the carrier bag change was introduced two years ago, Cardiff council has revealed.

According to the report, the number of trolleys abandoned has increased since the introduction of the 5p charge on October 1, 2011.

Councillor Ashley Govier, cabinet member for the environment, said: "The taking of trolleys is theft and dumping them blights areas and can bring a rundown feeling to our communities, which in turn attracts further litter and fly-tipping, as well as encouraging anti-social behaviour."

According to the report, hundreds of shopping trolleys, worth up to PS180 each, are dumped in Cardiff every year.

In response to the growing problem, the council has launched a new policy, which will see retailers fined up to PS75 for every trolley dumped.

Under the Clean Neighbourhood and Environmental Act 2005, the council will seize abandoned trolleys and store them at Lamby Way depot.

If they are not claimed within six weeks, the trolleys will be recycled and the closest retailer identi-fied as the owner will be charged for the removal.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 26, 2013
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