Trolleywise App – Improving Our Waterways
There’s nothing like slipping through the idyllic British countryside on a peaceful narrowboat holiday. That is until your peace is rudely interrupted by a shopping trolley which has been lodged right in the middle of the canal.
Well, as one well-known supermarket says ‘every little helps’ and help is now at ‘hand’ in the form of the new Trolleywise app. This new mobile aid is designed to tackle the problem of trolleys clogging up Britain’s waterways.
The app is the a further step by the Trolleywise scheme to rid the rivers and canals of shopping trolley. The scheme currently relies on members of the public reporting stray trollies and this has helped retrieve almost 113,000 trolleys from a variety of locations around the UK.
However, this is still a relative drop in the ocean compared the 1.5m trollies which are believed to vanish each year. The hope is that the new app will allow people to take a photo of any trolley the see outside of its natural habitat and send it directly to the folks at Trolleywise.
You don’t even have to give the exact location as the app will be able to pinpoint where you took the picture. Trolleywise operate 47 vans nationwide and the nearest one to you will be at the location the trolley was snapped at to pick it up within 24 hours.
Trolleywise charges retailers for any stray trolleys it finds, which they claim is over 400,000 in a year. This prevents the clean-ups costs from falling on local authorities.
And Trolleywise are also committed to contributing to that idyllic scene you soak up while gliding along the waterways of Britain. For every trolley which a user of the Trolleywise app locates and is subsequently collectedt, they will plant a tree for the Trees for Cities charity.
So if you are planning a holiday on the wonderful waterways of Britain, improve your view by download the Trolleywise app before you set off.
It could also prove useful tool for coastal sailors too as a shopping trolley sticking out of the water may indicate that you are in low water and close to hitting land.
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