There has been much news recently of the Coca Cola v Northern Territory controversy about the NT container deposit law. In response, the Boomerang Alliance has been working to get their voice heard both in NT matters and with their new Container Deposits System (CDS) pitch.
Federal and state governments are meeting this month to discuss the 10c refund on bottles and cans.
The Total Environment Centre (TEC) has been explaining to local councils the implications of their CDS pitch to educate them on the new system and to alleviate any concerns about any potential repercussions of the plan, particularly for kerbside collection.
State ministers are showing interest in mandating refunds for returned bottles and cans and in the near future some states (with the exception of Queensland) may start to look a little more like South Australia – but more efficient.
What would a Boomerang Alliance CDS plan look like?
The Boomerang Alliance plan claims to be much more cost effective than the South Australia and NT strategies. The plan involves positioning automatic collection points at 1800 locations around Australia that would credit those who made a deposit – 10c for each bottle and can. There is more detail in their proposal and campaign videos.