Industry own-goal in trashy attack on recycling
Australian Greens sustainable cities spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. 14 July 2012
The ACIL Tasman report into container recycling commissioned by the Food and Grocery Council is a startling expose into how badly the beverage industry is ripping off Northern Territorians, the Greens said today.
Reporting this morning demonstrates why the popular 10c National Container Deposit scheme proposed by the Greens is a better model than the industry-run model in the NT which has seen industry profiting at the expense of the community.
"Now the Food and Grocery Council has the nerve to use the example of the NT to warn us that under a national scheme they will rip each household off to the tune of $300 a year or more,” said Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.
"Under the model proposed by the Greens and winning support from across the country, the Government would use the small amount of unredeemed deposits to establish a network of neighbourhood recycling centres. In the NT, industry control of the scheme has led to extraordinary profiteering – our model for a national system would preclude that.
"The beverage industry kicked and screamed to try and stop the NT Scheme. Today they’ve done us a favour and released detailed modelling showing why they can’t be trusted to run a national one."
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