Land of aban­doned trol­leys

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS | WELCOME - Jonno Colfs

THEY’RE clog­ging up our foot­paths, ly­ing bro­ken in parks, stuffed into bushes, even lit­ter­ing our water­ways.

A quick drive and a look around War­wick will de­ter­mine one thing, there are shop­ping trol­leys ev­ery­where.

The Daily News spot­ted 15 in five min­utes and res­i­dent Ozzie Pike has had just about enough of it. “I no­tice them all the time,” he said. “I counted 19 the other day, just on Percy St.”

Mr Pike said it was a bad look for War­wick.

“If they’re so easy for us res­i­dents to spot, imag­ine what vis­i­tors and tourists must think,” he said. “It’s a dis­grace.

“If peo­ple don’t want to fol­low the rules and push th­ese things all over town, then they should at least have the de­cency to re­turn them when they’re done.

“Th­ese su­per­mar­kets al­low us to use th­ese trol­leys for free but they’re not un­der any obli­ga­tion to ferry you and your gro­ceries home.”

Aus­tralian Food News re­ported in 2012 that Wool­worths, Safe­way and Big W stores had about 300,000 shop­ping trol­leys in more than 900 stores around Aus­tralia and the cost of col­lect­ing, main­tain­ing and re­plac­ing trol­leys each year was more than $50 mil­lion.

The web­site said about 5% of all trol­leys were re­placed each year, ei­ther be­cause they went miss­ing, were stolen or dam­aged be­yond re­pair. The av­er­age trol­ley costs $150 to re­place, while trol­leys with spe­cial fea­tures, such as child seats, could cost up to $600.

Some su­per­mar­kets such as Aldi charge a fee for their trol­leys with the in­cen­tive of a re­fund when re­turn­ing the trol­ley.

War­wick Wool­worths man­ager Sean Kratzke said the store had not con­sid­ered charg­ing for trol­leys.

“I’m not sure about trol­ley losses ei­ther,” he said.

“But if res­i­dents are con­cerned about trol­leys, give us a call and we’ll have them col­lected.”

More than 27 years ago, New­cas­tle me­dia per­son­al­ity Chris Ford saw a niche mar­ket.

With his wife he started Trol­ley Tracker and today counts Wool­worths and Big W as ma­jor clients Aus­tralia-wide.

“Con­cerned res­i­dents can phone 1800 641 497 with the lo­ca­tion of a way­ward trol­ley and we’ll send out the lo­cal con­trac­tors to col­lect it,” Mr Ford said.

“There is also the added bonus of a ran­dom $1000 prize for each state ev­ery month, for some­one who calls in to re­port a trol­ley lo­ca­tion.

“In 27 years we’ve taken 1.6 mil­lions re­ports for lost trol­leys.”

I counted 19 the other day, just on Percy St

— Ozzie Pike


FED UP: War­wick res­i­dent Ozzie Pike is un­happy with the amount of aban­doned trol­leys in War­wick.

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