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May 3rd, 2011


Warnings over late cash-for-cans start

A TERRITORY Government minister has warned the beverage industry it needs to get cracking on implementing a cash-for-containers scheme.

Environment Minister Karl Hampton said the industry was legally obliged to organise key components of the scheme, which will see Territory consumers paid 10 cents for every recyclable drink container they return.

Mr Hampton was responding to warnings from the beverage industry that there was no way the cash-for-cans scheme would be ready to be rolled out by the end of the year.

Australian Food and Grocery Council head Kate Carnell said it would be "virtually impossible" to set up collection depots, recycling options and label changes in that time.

Ms Carnell said the container deposit legislation would require a large number of repositories with secure storage to stop pilfering and a pick-up system put in place across the Territory that included remote communities.

But Mr Hampton was unmoved by the beverage industry's concerns.

"Under the container deposit legislation, the beverage industry has a central responsibility to organise key components of the scheme," Mr Hampton said.

"This includes establishing the materials co-ordinator which will broker the flow of containers and deposits between beverage companies, collection depots and the community."

"We expect clear, demonstrable progress on the part of the beverage industry in fulfilling its legal obligations," he said.

The cash-for-cans scheme was passed in the Legislative Assembly in February.

It will come into effect at the end of the year.

Mr Hampton said he met with beverage industry representatives recently in Sydney and they had agreed to come back to him at the end of the month with further details on how they would implement the scheme.


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