Cash for Containers scare campaign is misleading, says NT Government

The Northern Territory Government has called on the beverage industry to halt their scare campaign against the Cash for Containers legislation (CFC).

The proposed CFC legislation, which aims to promote recycling and reduce landfill by up to 50 per cent across the Territory, is similar to a scheme operating in South Australia, where consumers receive a small deposit for returning a clean beverage container to selected collection depots.

In the case of the CFC scheme, Territorians will receive 10 cent refund for every beverage container returned.

“The beverage industry should stop wasting its money on deceptive advertising and support this crucial environmental legislation which has the broad support of the community, councils, environment groups and the recycling industry,” NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson said.

“Territorians deserve the cleaner environment and green jobs that this scheme will produce and the NT Government will not be dissuaded from its roll-out by vested interests.”

Conservation Council Director Piers Verstegen backed the NT Government, saying beverage giants such as Coke and Fosters have for years engaged in “appalling corporate conduct” in their attempts to stop recycling refund schemes being introduced.

“For too long these anti-recycling beverage companies have intimidated Ministers and Governments into inaction through their use of corporate lobbyists and deceiving advertising campaigns,” Verstegen said.

The AFGC has voiced concerns about how the scheme could lead to an increase in beverage prices for consumers. 

Henderson said this was unlikely. “Beverage prices have not increased in South Australia under Cash for Containers – there is no reason why they will in the Territory.”

The Cash for Containers legislation will be debated in February Parliamentary sittings for implementation in the second half of 2011.

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