Asda to Implement Mag-Lock Technology on Shopping Trolleys in Response to Spike in Abandoned Carts in Swanley

Asda to Implement Mag-Lock Technology on Shopping Trolleys in Response to Spike in Abandoned Carts in Swanley

Swanley residents will soon see a decrease in the number of abandoned shopping trolleys littering their town. Asda, one of the local supermarkets, has agreed to implement new mag-lock technology on their trolleys after a recent spike in the number of abandoned carts.

In just under a month, Swanley Town Council (STC) reported collecting 210 Asda trolleys and 34 from Aldi. While Aldi’s carts already have wheel-lock technology in place, Asda had disabled their mag-locks at the start of the pandemic. However, after a meeting with STC, Asda has agreed to turn the technology back on.

Ryan Hayman, CEO of the town council, stated that the meeting with Asda was very productive and the new technology is expected to be in place by the end of February. A follow-up meeting will be held in mid-March to assess the effectiveness of the mag-lock system. In the meantime, Asda has also increased the number of collections by Collex, a service that retrieves abandoned trolleys. However, STC will continue to collect and fine the supermarkets until the issue is resolved.

This is not the first time Swanley has dealt with abandoned trolleys. In 2020, they became one of the first councils to receive powers from the government to pick up trolleys and recover the costs from retailers. In response to the recent increase in abandoned trolleys, STC announced that they will be increasing charges and hiring a dedicated individual to collect more carts, with the costs passed on to the supermarkets.

An Asda spokesperson has stated that they will be working closely with STC to resolve the issue and has asked customers to return their trolleys after use. In the meantime, residents can directly report abandoned trolleys using the Collex app. With the implementation of mag-lock technology and the efforts of STC and Asda, Swanley hopes to see a significant decrease in the number of abandoned shopping trolleys in the near future.

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