Asda has become the first supermarket to trial a permanent trolley wash facility as a way of reducing the threat of coronavirus for shoppers.
The supermarket chain said it is the first supermarket to trial the new facility which works by coating trolleys in fine particles containing an anti-microbial solution, leaving handles, rails and child seats clean and dry in seconds.
The waterless, electricity-run facility is currently being trialled at Asda’s Leeds store but could be rolled out across the UK if it is successful.
According to the supermarket, the facility, which has been developed by the WasteCare Group, eliminates 99.99% of all known bacteria, viruses and pollutants.
As well as improving customer safety, it allows colleagues to pass nests of trolleys through and put them straight back into the bay.
Graeme Wightman, Senior Manager of Store Services at Asda, said: “We know having a safe and hygienic environment to shop in is something on many customers’ minds right now.
“This trial uses new technology to ensure trolleys are thoroughly sanitised before use.
“As the first UK retailer to trial a permanent ‘trolley wash’ at Asda Morley, we continue to make shopping safely a priority for customers, building upon hygiene measures already introduced like the provision of hand sanitiser for customers in our stores.”