Australians can now face hefty fines for abandoning their shopping trolleys

Taking your trolley home will set you back nearly $200!

The City of Marion council in Adelaide has put forward a new law to discourage shoppers from taking trolleys from the supermarket and then leaving them on the street. People who do fail to return their trolley to the store face a hefty $187.50 fine.

In an interesting twist, the fine also applies to supermarkets that neglect to collect an abandoned trolley within 48 hours of being told of its location.

Retailers in the area are protesting the new law, as it leaves them responsible for the actions of inconsiderate shoppers.

Marion mayor, Kris Hanna said that the dumping of trolleys had been an issue plaguing the area for a long time. They held a summit to first address the problem two years ago, but now they feel more severe measures must be taken.

Speaking to The Advertiser, Mayor Hanna said: "We're acting out of strong community concern, we know that it's contentious to potentially fine retailers as well as shoppers who irresponsibly leave trolleys around, (but) this by-law won't work unless we enforce the co-operation of retailers."

The law has passed through local government and the Mayor is now waiting for approval from the SA parliament.

"If this gets through, we will make it very clear that there are serious consequences if people are irresponsible with trolleys and that gives people an opportunity to do the right thing."

So, if you're frustrated with dumped trolleys around your neighbourhood, get in touch with your local government. 

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