Resident angry over town littered with wayward trolleys

THEY can be found almost everywhere these days.

In shopping centres, backyards, streets, parks and rivers.

Some can even been seen perched on top of roofs or hanging from street signs and trees.

They are quite useful, sometimes a little bit wayward and a bit expensive to replace, but we would be lost without them.

Shopping trolleys seem to be taking over the tidy town - and one resident has had enough.

Oswald Pike has lived in the Rose City for the past 30 years and has progressively watched the problem get worse.

"Some type of system needs to be brought in to prevent people taking trolleys and dumping them," he said.

"It's absolutely horrible to see them ditched in gutters and under trees and along the river.

"You can bet there will always be some found in Percy St and near Weewondilla hill."

Mr Pike said larger outlets need to put a tagging systems on their trolleys, like Aldi.

"I never see any Aldi trolleys laying anywhere," he said.

Mr Pike said it's a disgrace to our region.

"People are just vandals and it makes our town look bad. It's disgusting that people don't care about the presentation of the city. I am sick and tired of seeing them everywhere."

Environmental Services manager Tim O'Brien from Southern Downs Regional Council said stray trolleys were collected now and then.

"Council doesn't like trolleys being left in the street, but we are appreciative of the efforts made by the shopping centres to retrieve them," he said.

"Our parks gang do pick up trolleys left in the streets and return them."

Mr O'Brien said council understood some people needed the trolleys to take their shopping home if they did not have a vehicle or a drivers licence, but people should then return the trolleys and not leave them in the streets or parks.

Woolworths Warwick manager Peter Collis said it's important for people to return the trolleys.

"We only have 400 trolleys and about 3000 people come through our doors each day," he said.

"It's about $140 to replace a damaged or stolen trolley," he said.

Mr Collis said he urged all residents to report trolleys they see to Trolley Tracker.

"It's something Woolworths has nationwide.

"All they have to do is ring up and report the trolley and they go into the draw to win prize money.

Phone 1800 641 497 to report a wayward trolley.

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