- Posted February 13, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shopping carts in the wild
Hundreds of Shopping Carts Polluting our Streams
- Verybecoming, CNN iReport producer
These carts are often stolen from local business and left on roadways before eventually ending up in the stream. Not only do these abandoned carts cause a safety hazard they create an environmental hazard as well by trapping wildlife and causing artificial dams along the stream which lead to flooding and erosion.
A few local business utilize quarter deposit locks or magnetic wheel locks to prevent the carts form being stolen. These system cost approximately $10 - $15 to add to each cart where the price of a new shopping cart cost around $200 each. As of this date, we have never found a single shopping cart from any of the stores that utilize the cart locking system.
In many counties stores are responsible for retrieving their own shopping even if they have left their property or they face fines (from $40 - $75 depending on location) from the local municipalities until they are retrieved. Local stores argue these fines drive up prices to consumers, but in reality the price of a fine for a retrieved shopping cart is much less expensive than replacing the shopping cart completely.
We have tried to convince local law makers to enact these ordinances to help cleanup our community but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears, Instead we remove dozens of abandoned and rested shopping carts to the dump each cleanup.
To learn more about us and our organization please visit our website: www.BreadandCheeseCreek.org Thank you!
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