The City of Sault Ste. Marie’s shopping cart policy officially came into effect earlier this week.
The regulation includes a number of restrictions, including a ban on removing carts from commercial property and fines of up to $ 5,000 per day for businesses that do not comply with the regulation.
“Effective immediately, businesses can be fined for leaving shopping carts on sidewalks, boulevards and back roads in our city,” said Susan Hamilton Beach, director of public works and engineering services at a statement. “We recognize that business owners face great challenges in collecting their carts and we will work with these companies to provide convenient controls and a system to help facilitate the pickup of abandoned carts.”
Also as part of the bylaw, business owners who have shopping carts are required to develop and file a plan with the City that identifies the steps business plans need to take to keep the carts on. their property or to recover them.
The plan was also to include “details of the operation of the business owner and the timing of how the carts are to be collected and returned to the business owner’s premises, a description of the owner’s carts, including all of the easily identifiable features and contact person and information for the business owner who will be called if any carts are found off-site. “