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    Shopping carts in the wild

    Hundreds of Shopping Carts Polluting our Streams


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     CBandCC said that the Clean Bread and Cheese Creek organization runs about six to eight cleanups of the creek that flows into the Chesapeake Bay a year. Since 2009 alone, volunteers have removed more than 200 shopping carts. "We remove about 40 a year," he said. "If they are in good shape, we hose them off and return them." Most of the shopping carts they find are a little worse for wear after being hit by cars or rusting from exposure to the elements, he said. The stores, therefore, won't take them back.
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    Clean Bread and Cheese Creek in a not-for-profit organization run entirely by volunteers and funded completely by private donation striving to cleanup our community and our waterways. Since 2009 our volunteer have removed over 200 shopping carts from the historic Bread and Cheese Creek which drains into the Chesapeake Bay alone.

    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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