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Greens call on Prime Minister to back community, local jobs - not Coca-Cola

The Australian Greens have written to Prime Minister Julia Gillard urging her to immediately reinstate the popular "cash-for-containers" recycling scheme in the NT after it was pulled down by legal action from beverage corporations including Coca-Cola.  The NT Government is currently propping up the scheme financially but this interim measure will reportedly run out on August 13th, according to the Katherine Times.

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Darling Harbour: Tourism Icon or Giant Litter Trap?

The Australian Greens have condemned the hard-headed tactics of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority in their dealings with members of the Boomerang Alliance in Sydney today.

Greens waste spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said, “Aside from the fact the group was highlighting the need for a national container deposit scheme all they were attempting to do was remove some of the significant amounts of marine plastic from Darling Harbour.

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Northern Territory 1: Coke: Zero in Cash for Containers Battle

The Australian Greens have welcomed Council of Australian Government’s (COAG)  announcement it plans to intervene and protect the Northern Territory’s  ‘Cash for Containers’ scheme, which is threatened by legal action taken by corporate beverage giants including Coca-Cola.

Greens waste spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated it was encouraging to see COAG and the Prime Minister stand up to Coke’s bully boy tactics.

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Cashing in Containers Makes Economic Sense

 The Australian Greens have welcomed a commitment from a collection of established international recycling companies to invest in the infrastructure necessary for a national roll out of a cash for containers scheme for Australia.

 Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated this was another example of the potential for such a scheme to drive private investment and employment around the country, whilst creating positive environmental and social outcomes.

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2013 is the year for a national solution to beverage packaging waste - Greens National Council

Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson joined Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne today to announce a Greens National Council resolution backing recycling in Australia against the self-interest of multinational corporations.

The Greens National Council, a key decision making body of the Australian Greens party, is meeting in Hobart this weekend.

The resolution reaffirms the Australian Greens determination and commitment to see "cash-for-containers" legislation rolled out across the nation in 2013 after a decade-long battle.

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Australian Greens Secure Cross-Party Support to Save NT Container Scheme.

The Australian Greens motion calling on governments across the country to come together to provide a way forward to break Cokes legal block of the Northern Territory cash for containers scheme was passed unopposed in the Australian Senate  today.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated it was essential the legal loop-hole Coke relied upon in its recent legal challenge was closed.

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