June 8, 2023 6.00 pm This story is over 9 months old

Shopping trolley fines success under scrutiny despite £200k revenue

Council leader questions impact of lucrative trolley scheme

A scheme launched by West Lindsey District Council, charging supermarkets for the recovery of abandoned shopping trolleys, has amassed over £200,000 in the past five years.

Despite its financial success, the scheme has drawn criticism from the newly-elected council leader, Councillor Trevor Young, who questioned its effectiveness. The scheme, initiated in 2018 in response to a surge in abandoned trolleys in Gainsborough, invoices supermarkets for unclaimed trolleys after a six-week period.

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