Keep the Streets Clean of Shopping Carts

Bothered by those market shopping carts miles from their home lot? How did they get there? No matter: The important thing is to call the store, they'll pick them up.


A few weeks ago we received a message from Tom James, who has led the effort to keep Novato clear of graffiti for the past few years. Now he’s got his sights set on shopping carts.

Other volunteers in this effort have helped out, including Toni Shroyer, Patch readers’ Person of the Year for 2011; Dave Meyers, head of the city's maintenance division; and Gloria Morgan of that department.

Here’s what you do: if you find a shopping cart anywhere but the store lot where it belongs, give a call to the one of the numbers below. Most shopping carts are clearly marked with the owner’s name. Be prepared to let the store contact know where you have found the shopping cart so they can send someone to pick it up.

Remember, you don’t have to do anything more than call the responsible store. Don’t take the cart home with you as this could only add to the problem: Someone else may have already called in the location.  

The following list is organized alphabetically by store, with contact phone number and name, where available, included. Please note the below telephone numbers are the most recent contacts available at the time this list was compiled. Some of the contact names may have changed. All numbers area code 415 unless noted.

If you have more information to add to this list, please leave a comment.

Tony Elshout February 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Please add Paradise Foods on Ignacio Blvd., (415) 883-4600
LP February 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Lynn, the only way to get people to return them to a cart corral is to require a 25 cent deposit. I've seen this in the mid-west. You put in a quarter, it release the chain to free the cart from the one in front of it. When you're done you reconnect the carts and get the quarter back. I know the best way is for people not be lazy and walk them back, but that idea hasn't worked thus far.
Matthew James Dodson February 21, 2012 at 11:54 PM
California Shopping Cart Retrieval Corp. picks up abandoned shopping carts for the Novato-area CVS, Safeway and Savemart. The fastest way to get a driver dispatched to those stores is to report the location at our website www.cartretrieval.net or download the CartSnap iPhone application from the Apple App Store. Thanks.
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 February 22, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Hi Matthew, thank you for sharing that information. A Target manager told me they do not have pick ups for their carts that are abandoned around town. City Code Enforcement are trying to get Target to help. Any suggestions on how to get them on California Shopping Cart Retrieval Corp? Target management was not into helping with solutions when I talked to them, they were not concerned about the blight or the loss of money from their carts being taken off the lot. It would be nice if we could streamline all merchants to use this service and have the pick up trucks come 3-4 times a week.
Craig Belfor March 02, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Good idea LP. Hit them in the wallet to get their attention. Even the winos would wheel them back for the money. Up it to a dollar and the problem would pay for the retrofit, and ensure compliance.


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