Abandoned Shopping Carts

Abandoned Shopping Carts: Abandoned shopping carts can be reported to RMS (Report Abandoned Cart). RMS is an independent contractor (not affiliated with the City of San Diego) that collects shopping carts based on agreements with specific stores in San Diego. Users are able to report carts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and expect a resolution within 24 – 72 hours. You can also call individual stores for shopping cart retrieval. In 2008 the California Shopping Cart Retrieval Service (retrieval service before RMS) picked up 6,331 shopping carts in Mira Mesa.

Also, see Bari Vaz’ article on the subject in the January 2011 newsletter. We have been looking for more effective ways to address the abandoned shopping cart problem in Mira Mesa. On Saturday morning, Feb 20, 2010, Mira Mesa volunteers staged a demonstration by collecting abandoned shopping carts and placing them at a visible location next to Mira Mesa Blvd. The event was covered on KGTV Channel 10 News. After the event, the shopping cart retrieval service and individual stores were called to come and collect them. This is a typical number of carts that can be easily found any time on Mira Mesa streets.

97 abandoned shopping carts were collected by Mira Mesa volunteers the morning of Feb 20, 2010.