Deposit scheme begins amid threats of canning

Starting Tuesday January 3, the Northern Territory has a cash for container scheme in place.

Cash back: Container deposit scheme starts in Top End but Opposition threatens to scotch it. (Photography: Zsuzsanna Kilian)

People will pay a 10 cent deposit on cans and bottles.

If they want the money back, they will have to take clean and uncrushed containers to collection depots.

They are listed in major centres like Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs and Katherine, but there are none in large remote communities.

The future of the scheme is not assured.

The Opposition has announced it is considering ditching cash for containers if it wins power at Territory elections in August.

A threat by drinks giant Coca-Cola Amatil to launch a legal challenge to the scheme has not eventuated.

Author: Katrina Bolton
Source: ABC News



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