“Recycling refund will hike beer price“. Basically, drink giants like Foster’s Group, Lion Nathan and Coca-Cola are playing a game with consumers saying that the price per drink will go up if a national container recycling scheme is approved next week at the National Environment Protection Council meeting.
Well, guess what? Of course the price will go up. I and many other millions of ordinary Australians would expect the price per container to go up by the proposed 10 cent refund. We are not freaking stupid you know Mr Drink Giants! Heaven forbid that the price of the amber nectar will go up. All drinks will rise in price. I wouldn’t expect the manufacturer to absorb the increase because when a similar scheme was introduced in South Australia as I described in this post, “Wanted – A Container Deposit Scheme“, the price increased by the 5 cent levy as indicated by the government of the time. I certainly don’t remember any scaremongering though, but mind you, as a kid at the time, I thought that it was a fantastic idea that kept me in pocket money!
To put the icing on the cake, today I read this story.
“Dirty tactics suspected in container recycling battle“. Once again, quite a simple observation that anyone would have realised from reading the first article. Vested interests only thinking about their next quarterly profit figures and not the future of the planet and its dwindling resources.
Have I ever told you that vested interests irritate me! Shame, shame, shame on you Coca-Cola, Fosters, and Lion Nathan. People are addicted to your products anyway, so you needn’t fear the 10 cent levy. You should be embracing it, and not the other way around. Clowns!
Well that is my 10 cents worth anyway!