Shopping trolleys being dumped is a big problem, a form of litter and a hazard. More than 3,000 shopping trolleys dumped in rivers every year, at a cost to the taxpayer of over £150,000. In places with rivers (e.g. Aberystwyth) the dumped trolleys are an eyesore and a potential hazard to swimmers/kayakers/birds etc.
You would think that retailers would do all within their power to prevent this. If they locked the trollies up at night they couldn't be stolen; deposit systems encourage people to return them. And retailers should collect them as soon as possible if any go astray, so they don't end up in rivers.
CIN members have regularly reported abandoned trollies, even taken them out of rivers occasionally. Recently there was a mass theft of trollies from the retail park in Aberystwyth. On Thursday morning there were around 8 trollies from the retail park dumped along a connecting cycle path, obviously all taken at once by a group. The trollies came from a mix of retailers including B&Q and Morrisons. It was reported to the retailers that morning (probably by multiple path users!), answered with thanks and promises to collect them immediately.
Some of the trollies that were dumped
That would be great, except that most of the trollies were still there today, including some from B&Q. Same trollies, same places: B&Q hadn't moved theirs. This can be a frustrating situation for local residents - those are popular paths for strollers, runners, cyclists and dog-walkers.