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Right now, a group of beverage industry giants led by Coca Cola are taking the Northern Territory Government to court for starting the territory’s first ever ‘Cash for Containers’ recycling scheme. If Coca Cola’s lawyers win the case, it could slam the brakes on state and federal leaders elsewhere in Australia starting similar schemes.

Greenpeace has a protest form here, only takes a moment to fill in.

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Comment by Jane on February 22, 2013 at 18:12

Thanks for more details of this Rob, certainly all Coca-cola is interested in is profit, we walk 3km of our country road each morning for exercise but also pick up the rubbish which never lessens, it would be great if there was a deposit on the bottles, expect there would be just as many on the road but at least they would be worth picking up - a good project for schools or charity.

Comment by Rob Walter on February 21, 2013 at 20:03

I've done a little bit of research and it turns out that this is a deposit scheme. Coca-Cola (and all other firms) pay an extra ten cents for every bottle sold. Only if the bottle is returned to a recycling depot, the deposit is refunded to the person who returns it. Essentially it means that the shelf price of anything in a bottle has increased by up to ten cents (although conscientious consumers who return the bottle have no net price increase).

Coca-cola opposes this because it means that from now on people making impulse buys will be more inclined to spend $2 on a carton of flavoured milk than on a $2.10 bottle of coke, which will reduce Coca-cola's profits.

So, really, Coca-cola is acting in its own best interests and maximising profits, as it is legally obligated to do as a corporation. There are actually three companies on the lawsuit, including Schweppes and Lion, so all up it would account for the vast majority of bottled beverages sold in the state (as they own most of the juice, spring water, sports drink, energy drink and beer brands as well).

Let's hope the court case fails or the Greenpeace campaign for a national deposit scheme succeeds, although like Elaine I think the contents of the bottles are just as harmful as the bottle itself.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 21, 2013 at 0:07

It's un-believable. Now they are demonstrating that, apart from peddling un-healthy sugar-laden drinks, they are against re-cycling and reducing waste and landfill. You are not the one who is stupid, Andrew.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 20, 2013 at 23:17

Wow.  I must be really stupid, but can someone explain why coke would be against people recycling their bottles.  I realise that they work hard NOT to get a good name, but why on earth would they feel the need to make sure their name is mud??!!! 

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