A bizarre discovery has officials scratching their heads with more than 150 abandoned shopping trolleys found in the middle of a pristine national park.
The shopping trolleys have been dumped in the Garigal National Park, halfway between Seaforth and Frenchs Forrest an hour north of Sydney.
The trolleys belong to seven different businesses including Woolworths, Bunnings and Aldi in the Northern Beaches.
Trolley owners are now working with the government to clean up the eyesore and track down the vandals responsible.
“It really does fall back to the landholders, so the owner of the trolleys,” Scott Molenaar, from Northern Beaches RFS said.
“There’s Woolworths in there, there’s Bunnings, there’s Aldi as well.”
Coles was at the dump site on Friday, pulling out trolleys.
“They’re Coles trolleys and we’ll take control of Coles trolleys regardless of where they’re from,” Coles area manager Marcus Souster said.
The location is well off the beaten track and access is limited.
The state government has branded the trolley dumping as environmental vandalism.
“We’re going to put in cameras to see if we can work out who has done this and we’re going to step up our surveillance,” NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said.
It could be some weeks before all the trolleys are removed, as heavy duty equipment will likely be needed to remove the trolleys from thick bushland.
“We will find the people who have done this,” Ms Upton said.
It comes after an Adelaide council waged war on trolley dumpers, after a whopping 230 steel carts were found littering the streets in just four days.
The City of Marion, in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, gave a new army of patrol officers the power to fine serial offenders in May.