Councilman King pleased with Shopping Cart Program
Monday February 12, 2007
Louisville Metro Council
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Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:
After just three months, 175 abandoned shopping carts have been collected off the streets of District 10. It is part of a new clean up effort sponsored by Councilman Jim King (D) 10.
“I am pleased that we have been able get this many carts off the streets and out of our creeks,” says King. “The idea was to keep these carts from being an eyesore and make business owners aware of the growing problem. It appears our efforts are working.”
Back in November, King began a partnership with Solid Waste Management to collect the carts. Once collected, the carts are stored until the businesses are contacted. The carts are then sold back to the store for $35 or scrapped for recycling if the stores do not pick them up.
“We used $400 in Neighborhood Development Funds to start this program and have collected more than $2600.00,” says King.
As far as breakdown of carts, the most collected so far have come from Wal-Mart at Bashford Manor Lane. Other stores include Target, Kroger and K-mart in the Poplar Level area..
Wal-Mart has recently agreed to put in an invisible fence security system which locks the back wheels of a cart at the end of their property.
“Replacing these carts is a huge expense for many retailers and they are glad to get their carts back,” says King. “As successful as it have been, I think this is an idea that can spread through out the city neatness counts.”
Jim King (D) 10