Supermarkets in Cardiff could be made to pay a £75 charge for every shopping trolley of theirs found abandoned in the city.
Councillors are meeting today to discuss how to put a stop to the 'several hundred' trolleys dumped across Cardiff each year.
The introduction of the five-pence carrier bag charge last year is cited as one reason why the number of abandoned shopping trolleys has increased.
Cardiff Council says it condemns the theft of trolleys, adding that the proposals are designed to encourage supermarkets to ensure trolleys remain on their premises.
Legally, shopping trolleys remain the responsibility of the supermarket, and any trolley collected by the Council cannot be sent for recycling or disposal without an individual destruction certificate from the supermarket in question.
Cardiff Council says this makes it difficult to remove abandoned trolleys.
If the Abandoned Shopping Trolley Policy is adopted, the council will be able to charge £75 to the retailer to cover the removal, storage and disposal of each trolley.
But the Welsh Retail Consortium warns that charging supermarkets for stolen and dumped trolleys is akin to 'blaming the victim'.
Mr Ross pointed out that many supermarkets already have anti-theft devices in place to prevent trolleys being wheeled off the premises.
He added that retailers will usually promptly collect any trolleys reported to have been dumped.
But Cardiff Council believes retailers must take 'greater ownership' of their trolleys.
Councillor Ashley Govier said: