PETER CHANDLER - MINISTER FOR LANDS, PLANNING AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment, Peter Chandler, said today the Northern Territory Government is committed to continuing the Container Deposit Scheme.
“The next Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in April will provide an opportunity to deal with the matter,” he said.
“A permanent exemption to the Mutual Recognition Act would effectively place the Northern Territory on the same footing as South Australia in terms of Container Deposit Legislation.
“The NT has written support from the majority of Australian Governments for its application for exemption.
“In the meantime, we hope there will be voluntary support from beverage companies to keep the scheme running until the exemption is in place.
“We have received indications from a number of beverage companies who are willing to continue on a voluntary basis and we will continue to progress these discussions.
“A COAG exemption would need to be given effect by Commonwealth regulations.
“The Territory Government is hopeful of a positive outcome and will expect immediate compliance from all beverage companies if an exemption is granted.
“Currently Coca Cola Amatil have indicated that consumers have until March 18th to redeem Coca Cola products, however other beverage companies have not placed a time limit on their participation.
Mr Chandler said the Government is examining options for an appeal against the Federal Court of Australia decision of March 4th.
The Northern Territory EPA will continue to update its website with the most current information and a list of depots that are open to the public. Go to www.ntepa.nt.gov.au
Judith Hughey 8928 6619 or 0409 863 383