Ipswich has become the first city in Queensland to introduce a new local law requiring supermarkets and retailers to install a shopping trolley wheel lock containment system in an effort to clean up local parks, creeks and rivers.
The following frequently asked questions provide an overview of the new local law requirements.
When did the local law provisions regarding Shopping Trolleys come into effect?
1 July 2014
Q: Are all retailers required to install the shopping trolley wheel lock containment system?
No, Retailers and supermarkets with less than 20 trolleys are not required to install the shopping trolley containment system. However if the retailer/supermarket receive two or more infringement notices for their trolleys being found away from their store within a 12 month period they will be required to install the system.
Who does have to install the shopping trolley wheel lock containment system?
Why does Council require shopping trolleys to have a containment system?
What are the alternatives to the wheel locking system?
At present there are no other prescribed containment systems. The wheel locking mechanism automatically locks on the trolleys wheels if taken outside the shopping precinct and can only be unlocked by the retailer, ensuring the trolleys remains where it belongs.
What are the benefits to the retailer?
What are the benefits for the community?
There have been reports of people using shopping trolleys for washing baskets, barbeque grills and mobile storage units in the past but most stray trolleys end up in creeks, rivers or littering parks and streets. The community will benefit with improves amenity of our neighbourhoods.
What other requirements will be included in the new local law?
Specifically for retailers with Shopping Trolleys there is one other provision in the local law that differs from previous requirements. All shopping trolleys must be affixed with identification which includes:
The information must be:
For further detail refer to Local Law No. 8 (Nuisances and Community Health and Safety) 2013 or phone (07) 3810 6666