The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has stated that a petition prepared by the Boomerang Alliance has misled petitioners by providing a false description of a container deposit scheme proposal.
According to the AFGC, the proposal failed to stipulate that in order to receive a 10c deposit, consumers would most likely have to pay 20c at the checkout.
AFGC CEO, Gary Dawson said that the system developed by the environmental lobby advocates will cost consumers at the checkout.
“Nowhere in the world is there a drink container deposit scheme that is free to consumers. This environmental group is lobbying for a new tax on glass and plastic drink containers, which will push up an average family’s grocery bills by more than $300 a year,” he said.
“All Australians need to know that the Council of Australian Governments has found the cost of this scheme will be up to $1.76 billion to the economy.”
Dawson said that the AFGC plans to deliver a recycling program that will not pass off the cost to consumers.
"Industry wants more recycling and less litter and we have a plan to deliver it at no cost to consumers. That's the plan that Australia needs and wants, not an inconvenient and costly drink container tax."