Councilmember pushes for bill to prevent shopping carts from being scattered on city sidewalks

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The city wants to crack down on an unsuspecting culprit that’s creating an inconvenient eyesore in neighborhoods.

City Councilmember Cherell Parker introduced a bill on Thursday that would require businesses to enforce a system to keep shopping carts within the confines of their stores.

“People begin storing trash in them. Imagine walking outside your house and you want to park, but there's a shopping cart in your parking spot. Or a shopping cart just on the sidewalk,” Parker said. “They have become instruments of blight, particularly where there are large retail establishments.”

On top of that, Parker said it's costing taxpayers money to have the carts removed, though she didn't have an exact number on how much.

“Our city should not be using an ounce, $1 from its general fund to have to pay additional services to have these carts removed,” she added.

The bill would require any business that utilizes 10 or more shopping carts to create a containment system by January 2021, which would prevent people from removing them from the premises. 

Parker’s ordinance listed a few recommendations, such as a wheel-locking mechanism in conjunction with an electronic barrier that surrounds the store’s parking lot, or a mandatory payment policy to use a shopping, among other suggestions.

If businesses do not comply, they could face a fine of up to $1,000 per day. 

If the bill doesn't pass by the end of the year, Parker said she will introduce it again.