Industry rallies against national deposit scheme – AustraliaPosted on June 3, 2012 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
Former journalist Gabriel Lafitte says he has seen the scare campaign all before.
“It sounded as though it was a genuine attempt to set up recycling of tin cans and in fact they were being chucked down a hole in the ground and they weren’t at all serious.”
He was hired by BHP and others 40 years ago to run a PR lobby called the Steel Can People.
His job, he soon discovered, was to switch responsibility for recycling away from companies onto the consumer.
“It sounded as though it was a genuine attempt to set up recycling of tin cans and in fact they were being chucked down a hole in the ground and they weren’t at all serious,” he said.
“It was simply to fob off the prospect of legislation that might actually require them to behave in a more environmentally responsible manner.”
Mr Lafitte blew the whistle – publicising the scam – which resulted in a parliamentary inquiry.
Fingers crossed for Australia that the politicians do not cower down to industry lobbying again and have the political will this time to make a cleaner Australia and help the economy out with new jobs at the same time.