April 17, 2008
Call for drink companies to butt out
Environmental groups say lobbying by major beverage companies should not be allowed to get in the way of South Australia's container deposit system being adopted nationally.
Jeff Angel from the Total Environment Centre says Australia needs to take the major step for recycling at a meeting of Environment Ministers in Melbourne today.
"Beverage companies, which are stuck in the past and have never been fans of container deposits despite their enormous success, are lobbying quite furiously to try and stop that resolution getting up and of course we're lobbying in opposite," he said.
Mr Angel says South Australia's container deposit system has community support.
"The recycling rate of beverage containers is much much higher than in the rest of Australia where you only have curbside," he said.
"It helps you attack the big problem of public place and away from home consumption of beverage containers which is about 50 per cent of the consumption of beverages, it of course has important litter impacts."