In some of the supermarkets, the shopping carts are back on the chain and so you need coins again to be able to take one with you.

At the start of the corona crisis, the coins were abolished, so that customers did not have to deal with the trolleys as much.

Both Albert Heijn (AH) and Jumbo say that the stores can decide for themselves whether to put coins in the carts again.

"Since the abolition of the coins last March, we have already seen that carts are taken more often by customers," says an AH spokesperson.

The coins - initially they were euro coins - were introduced a long time ago to prevent trolleys from roaming through the neighbourhoods.

The tokens for the trolleys are also freely available at the service desk, the AH spokesperson adds.

Even with free coins it appears that people are still willing to return the cart, so that they get their coin back.

According to AH, it differs greatly per place whether shopping carts actually end up on the street.

"If the shopkeepers see that this is the case, they can reintroduce the coins."

The spokesperson says that abandoned cars often come back.

"They are picked up by employees or other customers take them back."

At Jumbo, the branch owners can also choose to put the trolleys back on the chain.

"It can therefore happen that one shop offers the shopping carts without a coin, while the other shop requires a token. Within the guidelines set, the shops are free to determine this."

Still maximum number of customers

Those guidelines determine, among other things, that the number of baskets and trolleys determines how many people are allowed inside.

"One customer per 10 square meters."

This applies to all supermarkets, so the use of a shopping cart or basket is still mandatory.

At the beginning of the corona crisis, the trolleys and baskets were also cleaned by store employees.

That is no longer always the case.

However, they are cleaned regularly and there are cleaning products so that customers can do it themselves.