Shopping carts a plague for Bonnington neighbourhood

This article, from July 26, contains details from a previous Hamilton Spectator article describing how the Bonnington neighbourhood has become a dumping ground for shopping carts.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

A pest has sprung up in gardens, front yards, sidewalks, and lawns across the Central Mountain neighbourhood affecting many, and annoying most. No, it’s not an infestation of aphids but rather an infestation of shopping carts.

For more details, please continue reading below…

The Hamilton Spectator has called it the “Bermuda Triangle” of shopping carts, and residents in the neighbourhood are frustrated and fed up with the carts that are continually dumped in the tidy neighbourhood.

“Residents are getting really, really fed up because it really trashes up the neighbourhood,” resident Emily Kam told the Hamilton Spectator.

Why so many carts in Bonnington?

As Kam pointed out to the Spec, the Bonnington neighbourhood is surrounded by a number of grocery and big box stores, but the neighbourhood has the most trouble with abandoned Walmart shopping carts. Kam, who is also active with the Bonnington Betterment Group, a neighbourhood organization whose goal is to keep the area clean whose group has, over the years, gathered many carts and returned them.

With Bonnington residents frustrated at the lack of response or recognition of the problem by the Upper James Walmart, residents have sought the help of Councillor Danko.

Neighbourhood Cleanup With The Bonnington Betterment Community

As Danko told Teviah Moro of the Spectator, he has tried making contact with the manager of the local Walmart, but has had no luck. “I think that shows some contempt for the neighbourhood where they’re located.”

The Spectator attempted to field questions to the local Walmart, but had no success and were referred to Walmart Canada.

In an emailed response, spokesperson Felicia Fefer said Walmart is “working hard to improve the situation.” According to Fefer, the store has told its contractor, which collects stray carts twice a week, to “prioritize” Bonnington and asked employees to be “extra vigilant.” Fefer also mentioned working towards installing a gatekeeper system.

The responsive operator

Unlike Walmart, the Upper James No Frills utilizes a gatekeeper system and is quite responsive to calls of abandoned carts. Operator Tony Dippolito, makes regular rounds in his minivan retrieving his store’s abandoned carts.

Dippolito told the Spec that “We spend a lot of money to try to prevent this,” alluding to the Gatekeeper System he employs, which locks cart wheels when they reach the parking lot’s edge. But some who are determined to take buggies will lift them over the system’s censors.

“Ultimately, we’d like the stores just to take responsibility because they’re their carts,” Councillor John-Paul Danko

When contacted by the Spectator for their story and told that there were missing yellow buggies in Bonnington, Dippolito, was anxious to repatriate them.

“Tell me where they are. I can go out and get them right now.” Which he and his daughter did shortly after.

Councillor Danko told the Spectator that the cart problem falls in a “grey area” when it comes to bylaw enforcement because officers don’t know who ditched them unless they’re caught in the act.

In the past, staff have contacted the “owner” of carts and allowed time for their removal, the city’s municipal law enforcement department notes.

If they’re not removed, and on city property, waste management takes them away. If they’re on private property, officers “educate” residents about bylaws and yard upkeep.

You can see pictures of the abandoned carts around Bonnington via the Hamilton Spectator article here.

To contact the Walmart on Upper James about abandoned carts, you can reach them at 905-389-6333.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.