South Euclid council working to solve abandoned shopping cart clutter

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio - The City of South Euclid is working to solve the continued problem of abandoned shopping carts around the city. 

City Council President Dennis Fiorelli said the issue is nothing new. 

"It is a nuisance when the carts are left out on the streets by bus stops, you know, it’s not very becoming. Slightly. It’s a safety hazard also if they get pushed into the streets," Fiorelli said. 

Back in 2015, the city tried enforcing legislation that would fine businesses $50 for carts left out. However, no business ever received a fine. 

"The legislation didn’t really work as expected," he said. 

Fiorelli said several ideas were brought up Monday night at the Planning and Development meeting.

The first option would force all stores with more than 10 shopping carts to have magnetic locks on their carts. This would impact stores like Giant Eagle, Walmart, and Walgreens. 

Once the people get past a certain point, the carts lock up and are not able to go off property. 

The second option would require shoppers to pay for a cart, and upon returning the cart, the shopper would get the money back. 

While council took no formal action Monday, Fiorelli said he hopes to have a plan in place to fix the cart clutter within a few months. 
 

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