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May 6, 2010

ABC News

Cash-for-container scheme unveiled in NT

The Northern Territory Government has unveiled a plan for a cash-for-container deposit scheme.

From late 2011, people in the Territory will be able to earn 10 cents for every bottle or can they hand in.

"Importantly this will cut the amount of rubbish going to landfill, reduce litter, including in our waterways and give schools and community groups an opportunity to raise money," the Environment Minister, Karl Hampton, said.

The scheme will be compulsory for the beverage industry but collection depots will be established around the Territory so that not all shops have to return the 10 cents to consumers.

The beverage industry has lobbied hard to try to stop the scheme going ahead, arguing it will put kerbside collectors out of business and add $5 to a carton of beer.

But Mr Hampton says the industry's arguments do not stack up and 95 per cent of Territorians want the container deposit scheme.

"The clear message to the beverage industry today is that it's full steam ahead.

"The beverage industry runs the scheme in South Australia and they'll be running the scheme here in the Territory.

"So it'll be built into the legislation, it's mandatory on the beverage industry to administer this scheme."


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