Early in June 2020, I was driving around our beloved Duke City and was taking particular notice of all the loose carts peppered throughout the area. I wondered why this was the case and if anyone was planning on doing anything about all these abandoned carts? My pondering quickly yielded three thoughts:
1) The logistics of locating and fixing these carts would be a HUGE undertaking and probably a full-time job in itself.
2) If you want something done right, do it yourself.
3) And finally, be the change that you want to happen.
After researching this matter further I learned about the financial burden of abandoned shopping carts and who is responsible for them. It turns out that these wayward shopping carts are supposed to be the sole responsibility of the retailers. But that local governments are accountable for the policing of these carts when they are left abandoned. And when local government took any action to round up these carts, the result is often these carts ending up occupying our landfills. Through additional research, I found out that retailers lose approximately 12% of their carts every year!
All because there is no company in New Mexico that was willing to take on this problem. California, Arizona, and Texas have companies with comprehensive practices to ensure shopping carts are taken off the streets and returned home to their retailers.
With this newfound understanding, I wanted to do something about it and be part of the solution. As a proud New Mexican, I started Duke City Carts to work with retailers, municipalities, and all of you to bring back the beauty, wonder, and enchantment of our state.
Yes, I'm one guy. What impact can I have? Just watch me, because with your help, together we can make a difference!