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Greens Senate Bill to help provide certainty for NT recyclers in fight against corporate giants

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Peter Whish-Wilson 19 Mar 2013

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens spokesperson on waste and recycling, has welcomed news that the Northern Territory will provide eight weeks of support to local industry and communities while the battle rages over a legal attack on a popular "cash-for-containers" scheme by corporate giants like Coca-Cola.

"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," commented Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

"Last week the Australian Greens secured Senate support for a call to all governments across the country to come together to provide a way forward to support the businesses and people affected in the NT and I welcome the news of temporary support from the NT Government," he continued.

"Our Bill to plug the legal-loophole exploited by Coke will remain on the books as a backstop in case Minister Burke and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) fail to stand up for recycling in Australia by fixing the problem brought on by the Coke legal challenge," he concluded.

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