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Shopping Cart By-Law

The purpose of the Shopping Cart By-law is to prohibit the removal of grocery carts from any store property, or to abandon them on public property, including parks and creeks, or on any private property.

It is an offence under the By-law for any person to deposit any shopping cart on any private property without the permission of the owner.

You can report abandoned shopping carts online or by calling 3-1-1 (905-615-4311 outside Mississauga).

It is also an offence under the By-law for any person to deposit any shopping cart on any premises owned by the City of Mississauga, including any park or recreation area, any watercourse, or any boulevard.

For business owners, it is an offence to allow shopping carts to be taken from their business premises. Business owners who are or have experienced problems with illegal shopping cart removal are encouraged to take steps to secure the carts against removal from the business premises and/or utilize a shopping cart retrieval service.

Abandoned shopping carts may be collected by City of Mississauga staff, and be subject to either a retrieval fee or disposal.

The maximum fine for failing to comply with the Shopping Cart By-law is $5,000.

This information is for convenience and quick reference only. For information on how you or your organization can volunteer to adopt a street or park through the City's LitterNot program, for specific information or to register a complaint contact the Compliance and Licensing Enforcement Section by dialling 3-1-1 (Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.). If calling outside City limits, please dial 905-615-4311. For an emergency after hours from 7:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. and weekends and holidays, please dial 905 615-3000.