Soft drink companies welcome Australia decision against container depositsPosted on March 9, 2013 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
But Sydney-based Total Environment Centre Executive Director Jeff Angel said an efficient, low-cost deposit scheme will not impose additional costs.
“Not only are there guaranteed environmental benefits, but the financial case is clear. A national [deposit scheme] will produce A$1.8 billion in funds in the first five years — supporting the establishment of hundreds of drop-off centers for containers and other products and other recycling and litter programs.”
Angel said the court action is only a “temporary win” for CCA because the Northern Territory Government can apply for a permanent exemption from federal law.
“[The court action] was a desperate move by a company that is trashing its reputation every day,” Angel said.
Sydney-based Clean Up Australia CEO Terrie-Ann Johnson said the court’s decision is disappointing, but she understands Northern Territory Chief Minister Terry Mills has political support to apply to extend the exemption.