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2013 is the year for a national solution to beverage packaging waste - Greens National Council

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 23 Mar 2013

Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson joined Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne today to announce a Greens National Council resolution backing recycling in Australia against the self-interest of multinational corporations.

The Greens National Council, a key decision making body of the Australian Greens party, is meeting in Hobart this weekend.

The resolution reaffirms the Australian Greens determination and commitment to see "cash-for-containers" legislation rolled out across the nation in 2013 after a decade-long battle.

"Coca-Cola, a giant multinational, has used its corporate lobbying power and deep pockets to put shareholders' profits before communities, local jobs, and the environment - blocking and dismantling popular recycling schemes," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens spokesperson on waste and recycling.

"The Greens are appalled at the recent court decision to uphold Coke's challenge to the Northern Territory Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), or what is commonly referred to as 'cash for containers'.

"We can still beat Coke and deliver a national recycling solution in 2013.

"The Greens National Council today called on Tony Burke and the State and Territory Environment Ministers on the Standing Council on Environment and Water (SCEW) to support the interests of the Australian community - not the interests of Coca-Cola - and agree to national 'cash for containers' Container Deposit Legislation at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting next month.

"The Australian Greens will continue taking action to help those businesses, workers, and communities that rely on local recycling schemes while also keeping Australia on track for a national solution to our beverage packaging waste," he concluded.

Background - Proposal Resolution

The Council of the Australian Greens

• Condemns the efforts of multi-national beverage corporations to block and dismantle popular Container Deposit Schemes (CDS), or what is more commonly referred to as "cash for containers". These schemes are beneficial socially, environmentally and also support local industries and jobs. 

• Notes Australia's historic opportunity this year for "cash for containers" to become law across the nation.

• Calls on Tony Burke and State and Territory Environment Ministers to support the interests of the Australian community and agree to national "cash for containers" Container Deposit Legislation at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting this April.

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