Shopping Cart Fees Nixed

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A proposal to charge store owners when their shopping carts are abandoned lost its wheels on Monday night.

A council committee decided not to move ahead with the idea of a $40 fee for carts returned to them by the city. ¬†The report by city staff called the concept “reasonable and defendable” and noted that¬†Guelph, Mississauga, Ottawa and Markham all charge fees to retailers for the return of wayward carts. After hearing that the bylaw infractions are on the decline, the Community and Protective Services Committee voted down the proposal. It was also noted that many stores round up their own carts and are moving to coin-operated shopping carts, which deter theft.