By the end of the month, Walmart shoppers will be restricted to using shopping carts in the parking lot.
Neighborhood residents in southeast Fairfax County are celebrating a decision by big-box retailer Walmart to install wheel locks at its Hybla Valley location.
State delegate Scott Surovell has been hearing from his constituents for months about shopping carts from Walmart ending up in Little Hunting Creek. Volunteers who conduct cleanup operations say about half of the carts that end up in the creek are from Walmart.
Back in February, officials declined to say when, or if, they would install electronic wheel locks on the carts. The wheel locks would prevent the carts from working outside of the parking lot.
"I think a lot of people will be really happy, pleased and excited that Walmart has chosen to be a leader in the Richmond Highway corridor to do something about this," Surovell says.
Robert O'Hanlon is one of the volunteers who helps clean up the creek. He says he's happy about Walmart's decision, although he worries other kinds of trash will end up there instead.
"People just take things and throw stuff in the creek. I mean, people don't have the time and effort to throw it in the dumpster," O'Hanlon says.
When asked for a comment, a spokeswoman for Walmart issued a written statement saying the locks should be installed by the end of April.