'IT'S A WAR' | Liverpool declares war on trolleys

Liverpool Council has declared war on lost and abandoned shopping trolleys, having rounded up 450 in a day.

"This is a war and we've collected a big bounty today," mayor WendyWaller said. "We've scoured the Georges River, we've been in parks, we've been on footpaths, in suburban streets and in our CBD rounding up dumped trolleys.

"We started a campaign this year -- Pushed Too Far -- in which members of the community were invited to report dumped trolleys.

I say to retailers, particularly the major chain supermarkets, this is your problem, enough is enough. You are community partners and it's in your interests that we have trolleys off our streets and out of our waterways.

WENDY WALLER, Liverpool mayor

"We got a great response from the community but the retailers are not getting the message and we've had to take the matter into our own hands.

"I say to retailers, particularly the major chain supermarkets, this is your problem, enough is enough. You are community partners and it's in your interests that we have trolleys off our streets and out of our waterways.

"If retailers think smartly about upgrading their trolleys to include coin operation or a wheel lock, in the long-term they, the council and the community will benefit from the significant reduction in trolleys strewn throughout the city."

The trolley roundup coincided with Clean Up Liverpool Day, a council program for which about 400 staff collected rubbish at 13 sites across the local-government area.

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