Yanchep resident pushing for supermarket to instal coin-lock trolley system

Yanchep Central. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Yanchep Central. Picture: Martin Kennealey

A YANCHEP resident is leading a push for coin-lock trolley system in a bid to prevent “wayward shopping trolleys”.

Anne Purdy put forward a motion at the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association (TRYRA) meeting on February 27 that the group ask a local supermarket to install coin-lock devices on its trolleys.

Her motion recommended “the Woolworths shopping trolleys to have the same or similar device that Aldi provide”.

“There is a coin or disc that unlocks the trolley and this disc is returned to the shopper when they return the trolley to the trolley bay,” she said.

“Having this system should stop the wayward shopping trolleys littering various areas around Yanchep maybe causing a hazard to pedestrians and traffic.”

The majority of members present at the meeting voted in favour of the motion, and TRYRA will write to the supermarket with the request.

Responding to questions from the Times, a Woolworths spokeswoman said the supermarket provided trolleys for the convenience of customers.

“Most customers do the right thing and not take trolleys from the supermarket environments,” she said.

“Woolworths partners with firms like Trolleytracker which allows members of the public to report abandoned trolleys via a free phone call (1800 641 497) or via an app.

“The Trollytracker phone number, and incentive programs to encourage customers to report abandoned trolleys, are displayed in-store.

“We also have trolley contractors do regular patrols of local streets around our supermarkets to return abandoned trolleys to the store.​”