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COUNCIL USES NEW ACT TO CRACK DOWN ON STORES FOR TROLLEY ABUSE

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Corby BC has seized 42 shopping trolleys since the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005 came into force on ...
Corby BC has seized 42 shopping trolleys since the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005 came into force on 6 April 2006, totalling fees of£1,470 for local stores.

The Act has only been in force for three weeks and already seven stores in Corby Town have been notified that trolleys belonging to them have been seized as abandoned.

The Act gives Corby Council the power to remove shopping trolleys abandoned in the town centre and charge the relevant store a sum of£35 per trolley. If, for any reason, the store fails to collect their trolleys, the charge will still stand and the trolleys will be recycled.

Principal environment health officer for Corby BC, Peter Neale said:

'The seizure of abandoned shopping trolleys is only one of a number of initiatives being taken by the council to improve the local environment. We are determined to eliminate this problem. We will regularly monitor the situation and will continue to seize abandoned trolleys until local retailers take action to prevent them from being abandoned.'

Corby Council's lead member for environment, Peter McEwan, said:

'Abandoned shopping trolleys not only look unsightly and litter the town but they are also a hazard for shoppers, I am very pleased that this problem is being tackled and now owners of the trolleys have to take responsibility for them being abandoned.'

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