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PLEASE SIGN!! Coke Is Running a Smear Campaign to Try and Defeat a Common-Sense 'Cash for Containers' Recycling Scheme in Austr

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State Premiers are deciding right now whether to join forces and stand up to Coke, but they need our support. It's time we spoke up against Coke's war on recycling. Sign the petition to Australia's Premiers, and tell them to stand up to Coke!!

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Sam Dyson (55)
Friday March 7, 2014, 11:58 pm
Coke is running a smear campaign to try and defeat a common-sense recycling scheme in Australia.

The idea behind "Cash for Containers" is simple: buy a beverage, return the container, and get a 10 cent refund. It's worked in South Australia for decades, where recycling rates are the highest in the country. But Coke is working around the clock to defeat the scheme -- even suing the Northern Territory when it started a Cash for Containers program.

State Premiers are deciding right now whether to join forces and stand up to Coke, but they need our support. It's time we spoke up against Coke's war on recycling.

Sign the petition to Australia's Premiers, and tell them to stand up to Coke and implement a Cash For Containers recycling scheme.

There's huge amounts of evidence that Cash for Containers works, and it makes sense. South Australia's scheme has seen it reach the highest recycling rates in the country, and European countries and US states have had similar schemes for decades. But Coke doesn't want the scheme, worried it will cost the company a few dollars from its bottom line -- and it's trying to bully our Premiers into line.

But with our support, the Premiers can stand up to Coke's intimidation. Victoria's Premier Napthineis already looking at implementing a scheme, and NSW Premier O'Farrell may join him. We just need to show them overwhelming public support for a common-sense recycling scheme.

Let's join together and call on the Premiers to implement a common-sense, Cash For Containers recycling scheme.


More information:

Coca-Cola cloud over recycling lobby bid, The Age, Sept. 27th, 2013

Heli Perala (25)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 12:18 am
Signed! We have had recycling system for beverage containers in Finland for decades (you get 10-30 cents each) and for glass bottles almost 100% are recycled (92% for tin cans).

Sam Dyson (55)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 1:19 am
In Australia, we've only had a scheme for recycling (10 bottles) in the state of South Australia. Loads of us the other states & territories have wanted this to be a National scheme. Now it looks as though state Premiers are looking to get on-board with it, BUT ....Coke doesn't like the idea, it will chew into profits, so are trying to sue states who introduce it. INSANE!
Is it not enough that they get the water they use to make this disgusting drink (of which 80% is WATER)...for FREE?? While the rest of the population PAYS for every last drop we use!
I wnder when our Government will start making big business follow the same rules...and pay the same tariffs...and the rest if the VOTING population?
It disgusts me...

Animae C (517)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 1:30 am
i'm in South Australia, our 10c recycling scheme works brilliantly, you rarely see bottles & cans on the streets anymore & if by chance any are dropped they are picked up by many lower income people who walk the streets collecting them!
How dare Coke want to sue the states, surely this is just scare tactics, i never heard about them suing us!

It DISGUSTS me too!!!



Alan Lambert (91)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 1:45 am
Signed and noted

natasha salgado (715)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 8:20 am
Gladly signed-thx Sam

Ondine J (134)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 1:57 pm
Noted and signed previously, thanks Sam

Roger G (154)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 2:05 pm
signed, twitted, plusoned and noted, thanks

Mike M (43)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 2:10 pm

Arlene Morrison (1)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 3:15 pm
Signed!We have have been recycling cans in the UK for decades!

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 3:39 pm

Antonia Cabal (0)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 3:42 pm
We've had it in Oregon for years. It doesn't apply to tea or juice containers, so guess what you find lying on the roadside? Washington is just across the river from us and they don't have a bottle return bill. You see a LOT more containers on the road there. Sometimes we'll collect them and turn them in for the deposit. Doesn't always work, but at least the containers aren't in the trash...

Panchali Yapa (26)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 4:31 am
Thank you

Nancy C (806)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 5:20 am
Thanx Sam. The lawsuit shows that they are yes, greedy, but also in a world of consumers who are consistently more aware of their health and the environmental repercussions of NOT recycling...If they were smart (haha), they'd side with the public at large...Let's keep 'em on their toes. sh in fb groups

Ben Oscarsito (258)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 8:04 am

Kathleen R (138)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 12:52 pm
signed & noted

Birgit W (159)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 1:09 pm

norma laborie (33)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 3:00 pm

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 4:14 pm

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 4:17 pm
signed and noted thanks

Debra Tate (17)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 4:18 pm
Signed and noted.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 5:50 pm
Signed. Glad I'm not one to make their company stocks rise. I certainly won't consider them in the future. Thanks Sam

Tanya Selth (0)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 6:09 pm
Im in Sth Australia where we've had this scheme for a very long time, I believe it helps keep our environment cleaner a lot (and many low income earners collect bottles and cans for a little bit of extra cash). Im completely shocked to hear that Coke has sued one of our states for starting to do this (their business has just gone way down in my eyes)

Im sure the general public in Australia would be fully supportive of this petition if they knew about it.

Sam Dyson (55)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 6:49 pm
I'm in Qld Tanya...and I've been sharing like a 'mad-woman' FB Twitter G+1...emailed to my friends... It can't be spread about enough, these Multinational mega-Corporations have thrown their weight around for too the expense of our health, our economies...the land and water they pillage to produce their 'products'...and the other multinationals they serve and support ie: Monsanto! How dare they!!

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 9:39 pm

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 10:47 pm
noted and signed

Marie W (67)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 11:53 pm

Inge Bjorkman (189)
Monday March 10, 2014, 3:31 am


Yvonne F (180)
Monday March 10, 2014, 4:32 am
So very very signed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Sam

Veerle V (43)
Monday March 10, 2014, 10:25 am
Signed and shared, thank you Sam.

Kamia T (89)
Monday March 10, 2014, 12:41 pm
When California implemented a mandatory recycling program for glass and plastic bottles, it interestingly did two things: Both of those began to be returned at an incredible level, and even the ones that WERE thrown out are being collected by the homeless and impoverished to earn income - benefiting them too. This should be a no-brainer! Noted and signed.

Syd H (48)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 10:52 am

Sorry, wanted to add this when this news was first posted here but the site issues kept me from being able to do so. :(

There is a Flicker group that people can contribute pictures of Coke litter to shame the company because it would not happen if there was a deposit and recycling. I come from a state where deposit is normal and can trash is not.

I've been taking pictures of trashy coke in every country as I travel, tho have not had time to upload any of them yet. However, Coke fighting this is a smear the world over so I want to show how their business practices make it uglier for all of us.

Melania Padilla (197)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 9:56 am
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