The place ‘where trolleys go to die’… and one man’s fight to sort it

The River Mersey… the place where ‘trolleys go to die’.

One man has made it is mission to clean-up a stretch of the river in Stockport after spotting scores of stricken Tesco shopping carts over the summer.

He claims that at times, he’s seen up to 11 trolleys in the water, with some adorned with Tesco branding.

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Phil Scott, 54, says he walks past the eyesore under the M60 – a few hundred metres from the Tesco Extra in Portwood – where the rivers Goyt and Tame converge to become the Mersey, every time he goes shopping.

The company says it is ‘exploring options to address the issue as soon as possible’.

“It’s where the trolleys go to die,” Phil tells the Manchester Evening News.

Phil Scott
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Phil, who lives in the town centre, added: “I just started to think, ‘there’s so many’, and then you start to notice more of them.”

Next to the path where the trolleys have seemingly been tipped down the bank into the water, a 1995 artwork marks the confluence of the Goyt and Tame – ironically claiming the Mersey flows ‘clear from Stockport to the sea’.

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Phil says he has spoken to managers locally about the problem, but is yet to get a concrete date as to when the trolleys will be removed.

“[Tesco] say they report it to contractors – it got to the end of July, and then into August, the beginning of September, and the end of September,” he added.

Some of the dumped trolleys
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When contacted by the M.E.N, a Tesco spokesman was not able to provide a date as to when the trolleys would be removed.

“We are sorry to hear that trollies are being taken from our stores and discarded in the river,” a statement read.

“We’re exploring options to address the issue as soon as possible and we ask customers to always return their trolley to the store.”

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