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Are shopping trolleys the new share bikes?

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Just when we thought the share bike shamble was behind us, there may be a new eyesore on the way. 

Chris Smith says, since the plastic bag ban came into force, he’s noticed a whole lot more abandoned shopping trolleys popping up.

“We’ve spoken many times about how annoying, dangerous and polluting share bikes are,” Chris says.

“But long before share bikes came along, we had shopping trolleys didn’t we?”

Just this week, a stray trolley was spotted on a balcony at Epping in Sydney’s north-west.

Chris says there’s one close to his house that’s become a make-shift rubbish bin.

He’s questioning whether shoppers are trying to make life easier for themselves since the plastic bag ban was implemented.

“When they get all the way home they don’t bother taking it back, they just dump it.”

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It appears Chris isn’t the only one noticing the increase, with our listeners hitting the open line to agree.

One listener Michael says, in just two weeks, he’s counted 24 abandoned trolleys in his neighbourhood.

Trolley Tracker Founder Chris Ford says an ordinary shopping trolley costs $150 each and Australians simply don’t respect them.

“Australians view trolleys as something that they can use to take their goods to their car, to their home, to public transport.

“But for me, the key to this… is personal responsibility.”

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