ASDA is trialling a new trolley washing machine to help keep shoppers safe following the coronavirus crisis.
The supermarket is testing the unit in its Morley store in Leeds.
The washing system works by coating trolleys in fine particles containing an anti-microbial solution – leaving them dry and ready to use in seconds.
The trolleys are pushed into the machine to start the sanitising process.
It takes around ten to 15 seconds to clean one trolley, although staff can feed multiple trolleys into the machine at the same time.
Trolleys are then placed back into bays for customers to use.
Customers can’t use the machine as it’s operated by staff only. It also only works for trolleys and not for shopping baskets.
Asda says the machine cleans all touch points on trolleys, including handles, rails and child seats.
It runs off electricity and is completely waterless, as it uses an electrostatically charged mist.
Asda is the only supermarket chain in the UK to install a washing facility for its trolleys.
We’ve asked if the grocer has plans to extend the trial, and to what stores, and we’ll update this article when we know more.
The Sun is also checking how many trolleys can be washed at the same time.
The washing system was developed by Leeds-based company, The WasteCare Group.
It comes as face masks became compulsory in supermarkets from today, July 24, to help stop further spread of coronavirus.
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.”
Peter Hunt, chairman of the WasteCare Group, added: “It has been developed to support retailers in taking the next step to help customers shop safely.
“It’s great to see a retailer such as Asda leading the pack and trialling new and innovative solutions.”
Asda and Sainsbury’s say they WON’T enforce face mask rules as they don’t want to “police customers”.
Asda shoppers can now use Uber Eats to get groceries delivered in 30 minutes.
It follows similar action from rival grocer Morrisons, which launched an identical partnership with Deliveroo at the height of the coronavirus crisis.