The beverage industry have launched a major advertising campaign calling cash for containers a tax. It's nonsense but governments are nervous about cashed up corporations. Tell your Premier:
- It's not a tax - it's a refundable deposit you can choose to redeem or give to a charity or to to the local council recycling program via kerbside or your kids as pocket money.
- Boomerang's modern container deposit system will be convenient with drink containers being returned to reverse vending machines at the local shopping centre.
- Kerbside and CD coexist in other places like Germany, California and South Australia.
- Container deposits work! The industry alternative of more bins in shopping centres, sports grounds, airports does not attack the main vectors of litter in the wider environment.
- Recycling will double like in South Australia creating new jobs and investment.
- NSW has now moved to implement cash for containers.
National Convenor, Boomerang Alliance; Executive Director, Total Environment Centre
The costs and benefits of a container deposit system (CDS) can appear hazy with claims and counter claims and theoretical assumptions – and even accusations that calls for its adoption are driven by nostalgia. But there are over 40 such schemes around the world with new ones being installed each year – much improved on the old versions like that in South Australia.
Coca Cola has sought to explain its position on Cash for Containers with a blog by the Head of Corporate affairs (see end of this article).
Some of it is complete nonsense, most of it misleading at best. Below we pick apart some of the claims and the reality.