Dear Cash for Containers Supporter,
A lot has happened in the last few weeks:
- The good
news is that the Northern Territory
is now set to restart its 10cent
deposit/refund scheme on a firm legal footing
after receiving the agreement of all states
You’ll recall that Coca Cola, Lion and
Schweppes won their court case but the Act
under which they took action also has an
exemption clause – which the NT has now used.
So far more than 54 million bottles and cans
have been recycled – an achievement no other industry scheme
- It was
also good news after the environment ministers
meeting on 11 April which rejected beverage
industry pressure to ditch consideration of
container deposits. Instead
they agreed to make a decision by the end of
wasn’t what we wanted (i.e., a pro-CDS
decision now) but it does allow us to keep
increasing our campaign momentum.
been an interesting development on the
economic front with several international
companies visiting Australia
to tell governments they would invest
$400-500million creating over 1400 jobs if a
national CDS was set up. Clearly
container deposits is good economic news!
- And just late last week we exposed a litter scandal at Darling Harbour in Sydney. Overflowing bins and stormwater drains send plastic debris including bottles into the bay – largely because NSW does not have a container deposit scheme. The situation showed the weakness of the Coke bin alternative (there are over 100) and if the state had a CDS then beverage containers would not be on the streets and the bins would not fill up.
The next 2 months promise to be busy and climactic. Thanks for your support and please like our facebook page which has news, videos and audio of the latest developments.
National Convenor of the Boomerang Alliance of 27 environment groups
30 April 2013www.boomerangalliance.org.au