Sunbury, Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, and Roxburgh Park have been revealed as hotspots for dumped shopping trolleys.

In 2016, Hume council received 296 reports of abandoned trolleys, up from 196 in 2015.

Now the council has announced a blitz on the dumping of trolleys.

Mayor Drew Jessop said council officers would be out in force collecting and returning trolleys to retailers during the first phase of the blitz. “We’ll work with shopping centres and trolley collection agents to review trolley patrol schedules in areas that are identified as hot- spots,” he said.

Cr Jessop said most shoppers did their part to ensure trolleys were returned, but some were opting to abandon their trolley on the street or in parks and waterways.

“Dumped trolleys in Hume not only affect the appearance of the city but, if left in local waterways, they can be a hazard to the environment and a danger to vehicles if left close to roads,” he said.

“I’ve urged residents to help council and retail operators by reporting dumped trolleys and keeping them off the streets. A bit of effort by everyone will help keep our city clean and tidy, making it a better place to live.”

To report an abandoned trolley, call 1300 HUME CLEAN or visit www.hume.vic.gov.au