Shopping cart

The municipal shopping cart by-law is now in force

The city of Sault Ste. Marie’s shopping cart rules officially went into effect earlier this week.

The settlement includes a number of restrictions, including a ban on the removal of carts from commercial property and fines of up to $5,000 per day for businesses that do not comply with the settlement.

“Effective immediately, businesses can be fined for leaving shopping carts on our city’s sidewalks, boulevards and paths,” said Susan Hamilton Beach, director of public works and engineering services in a prepared statement. “We recognize that business owners face great challenges in collecting their carts and we will work with these businesses to provide convenient controls and a system to help facilitate the collection 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 the business plans must take to keep the carts on their property or to recover them.

The plan was also to include “details of the business owner’s operation and timing of how carts are to be collected and returned to the business owner’s premises, a description of the owner’s carts, including all easily identifiable characteristics and contact person and information for the owner company who will be called if any carts are found offsite.”