Stop Coca-Cola trashing Australia: 3 things you can do

Feature Story - 9 May, 2013
Our incredible people-powered campaign for a national ‘Cash for Containers’ scheme is going from strength to strength.

We’ve hand delivered 70,000 petitions to NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell calling for a national ‘Cash for Containers’ scheme. We also attended Coke’s AGM in Sydney to take our message directly to Coke’s shareholders. Several people stood up in the AGM and challenged Coke’s efforts to crush a national scheme, which proves our campaign is making a splash where it counts.

7th May 2013. Sydney. Activists from Greenpeace, Out-Of-Order, the Boomerang Alliance and others gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney's CBD to engage shareholders arriving for the Coca Cola Amital Annual General Meeting. The campaign aims to bring Coke into supporting a National Container Deposit Scheme for Australia - a position the company is resisting.

Activists from Greenpeace, Out-Of-Order, the Boomerang Alliance and others gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney's CBD to engage shareholders arriving for the Coca Cola Amital Annual General Meeting. ©Greenpeace/Nick Tapp

Best of all, we’ve been blown away by the response to our new TV ad exposing Coca-Cola’s efforts to crush a national 10 cent recycle refund scheme in Australia. It’s been watched and shared by nearly half a million people (and counting!) on Youtube and shared globally by thousands of people.

Here are 3 things you can do right now to build on the momentum.

1. Tell our politicians to stand up to Coke’s bullying

Luckily our politicians are the real decision-makers here. But they’re coming under pressure from the beverage industry not to pass a national scheme. One politician even admitted that political donations from the beverage industry is the only thing stopping a national scheme!

Click here to send a personal message to your MP then retweet this message to NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell:

 

 

2. Leave a message on Coca-Cola Australia’s Facebook page

Coca-Cola reckons Cash for Containers is “old fashioned” -- but we think need to get with the program. Over 40 jurisdictions around the world (including South Australia) have Cash for Containers. In some countries over 95% of bottles and cans are recycled. Visit Coke’s Facebook and leave a message. Here’s our suggestion:

  • I am outraged Coca-Cola is trying to stop the popular and proven Cash for Containers recycling scheme operating nationally
  • Coke’s proposed National Bin Network will only address a small percentage of rubbish because it will only operate in shopping centres -- not parks and beaches where much of the litter is found
  • Cash for Containers is the only scheme proven globally to improve recycling rates.

Click here to visit Coke’s Facebook page

3. Watch and share our arresting new TV ad

Coke won’t like it one bit, but it’s high time everyone knew the truth about their efforts to crush this popular and proven scheme.

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