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City plans what to do with abandoned shopping carts

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Happening today, some local leaders are taking on a new challenge, cleaning up abandoned shopping carts in Tucson, something everyone has probably seen around town.

Abandoned shopping carts are found throughout the rivers, washes and parks in the city; some say it's blight, basically a black eye on the face of these neighborhoods.

When the carts are in the washes, they act like a strainer, catching all the branches and debris and become a dam. 

Councilwoman Regina Romero, from Ward 1, is starting the conversation about how to clean up. 

It's a matter of getting all the important players involved, neighborhoods, the city and retailers. 

There are no plans yet, but there's a chance the city could look at Peoria, Arizona where the city fines people who take carts and requires retailers to put electronic locks on the shopping carts.

Several stores in the Tucson area already use this; and in the past there's been an agreement with retailers and companies who pick up abandoned carts. 

Again the councilors are starting the dialogue, hoping to get input from all those involved to find a solution.

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