Asda is trialing a trolley cleaning machine which will kill 99.9 per cent of bacteria in a matter of seconds.
Asda’s superstore in Morley will be testing the new high-tech machine which uses electrostatically charged mist to cover the trolleys in anti-microbial liquid.
The technology, developed by WasteCare group, ensures the entire trolley is covered in the mist allowing store staff to pass stacks of trolleys through the machine to be cleaning within 15 seconds.
According to the company, one tank of its waterless anti-microbial spray can clean up to 20,000 trolleys.
Asda is the first supermarket to trial the technology and forms part of its wider initiative to help customers “shop safely”, which has also seen the roll out of autonomous cleaning robots at a number of stores.
“It has been developed to support retailers in taking the next step to help customers shop safely,” WasteCare’s chairman Peter Hunt said.
“It’s great to see a retailer such as Asda leading the pack and trialling new and innovative solutions”.
Asda’s senior store manager Graeme Wightman added: “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.
“We continue to make shopping safely a priority for customers, building upon hygiene measures already introduced like the provision of hand sanitiser to all customers in our stores.”