14 July 2014

Media Statement

Container Deposit Tax to cost consumers $8 billion: COAG

The Australian Beverages Council, representing the nation’s non-alcoholic beverage industry, has today called on Premiers to finally reject outright any further consideration of a container deposit scheme (CDS) following a COAG report that the program could cost consumers up to $8 billion.

“This government report paints a far worse case scenario for consumers than what the industry had forecast and clearly shows Premiers need to finally reject the costly idea of a CDS. Families don’t need another tax on their shopping trolley and taxpayers don’t need an $8 billion price tag for a CDS” said the Council’s CEO, Mr Geoff Parker.

“A CDS is a 1970’s solution to a 2014 problem. To increase recycling rates and reduce litter Australians need to take their engrained practice of recycling at home to away from home occasions. The industry’s cheaper but more practical option to a CDS – a network of public recycling bins, will help reduce litter and increase recycling across a range of materials, not just beverage containers. At no cost to consumers it’s a win-win alternative to a CDS.

“The industry’s manufacturers, small and large, call on the NSW and Victorian Premiers who are currently considering a CDS to use this report as the final nail in the CDS coffin. The industry has a far cheaper and more effective alternative ready to go” Mr Parker said.

Media contact:

Geoff Parker

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Beverages Council Mobile: 0407 646 195

The Australian Beverages Council is the peak industry voice representing the interests of the manufacturers, distributors and importers of non-alcoholic beverages. Its members include many small and medium sized businesses across all parts of the country. The range of beverages, produced by members includes carbonated diet and regular soft drinks, sports and isotonic drinks, bottled and packaged waters, fruit juice drinks, cordials and iced teas.

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