Tucson city council to tackle abandoned carts
Reporter: Aaron Brackett
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - At the end your street, on your way to work, or clogging a wash -- maybe you've gotten used seeing to abandoned shopping carts littering our lanes and clogging our calles, but now the city council says enough!
Tuesday, the Tucson City Council voted unanimously to form a special shopping cart task force aimed at cleaning up our streets.
9OYS caught up with Mike Taylor who spoke at the meeting. He is the secretary of the Midvale Park Neighborhood Association, one of city's worst offenders when it comes to deserted carts.
"We have always known we have a problem with all of the shopping carts, so about a year ago we tried to track all of the carts that we found and what we could do to fix the problem", said Taylor. "We are at 345 right now, but there are many more than that, but those were the ones we could identify and work with the stores and city to get them picked up, so that has been the real struggle. This problem is like an onion, you peel back a layer and cry, and peel another layer and cry a little more."
9OYS spoke to people on the city's southwest side who said they are fed up.
"I think they need to do something about it", said Deloris Jones. "You find them down in your neighborhood and its kinda tacky, I wouldn't think about taking a cart home, but a lot of people do."
Carla Montijo thinks the problem is so bad, stores shouldn't even have carts!
"You really want to know the truth? I think everyone should find their own carts and bring their own stuff in", said Montijo. "I have my own bags because i am sick of all of the plastic at home, and that way we don't have to worry about carts."
If you want to report an abandoned cart, you can call Arizona Cart Services at 1800-THE-CART
There will be a Midvale Park neighborhood meeting open to the public Thursday, February 7th at 630 at Grijalva Elementary School, 1795 W Drexel.