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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, December 22, 2012. NT NEWS. 27 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:22-DGE:27 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SATURDAY EXTRA NEW YEAR FARES AT EXCEPTIONAL VALUE Fly on the SilkAir-Singapore Airlines network to over 90 destinations around the world. SINGAPORE BANGKOK SHANGHAI DELHI BARCELONA LONDON from from from from from from $ 508* $ 633* $ 1162* $ 1215* $ 1714* $ 1890* FOR DEPARTURES 02/02/13 to 03/04/13 25/04/13 to 26/06/13 FOR DEPARTURES 02/02/13 to 03/04/13 25/04/13 to 26/06/13 FOR DEPARTURES 16/01/13 to 30/06/13 FOR DEPARTURES 01/02/13 to 30/06/13 FOR DEPARTURES 16/01/13 to 28/02/13 FOR DEPARTURES 16/01/13 to 28/02/13 *Conditions apply: Fares shown are for return travel in Economy Class, subject to availability in low season, from Darwin to Singapore on SilkAir, connecting with Singapore Airlines operated services to the advertised destinations. Fares include the air ticket, associated taxes, levies and surcharges including credit card service fee correct as at 12/12/2012. Fares are valid for departures from 16/01/13 to 28/02/13 to London and Barcelona, 02/02/13 to 03/04/13 and 25/04/13 to 26/06/13 to Singapore and Bangkok, 01/02/13 to 30/06/13 to Delhi and 16/01/13 to 30/06/13 to Shanghai. Taxes and surcharges are subject to change due to currency fl uctuations. Optional service fees may be charged for tickets issued by ticket offi ces/travel agencies/telephone sales. Maximum stay is 6 months for London and Barcelona, 3 months for Delhi and 90 days for the other destinations advertised. Date change fees and cancellation fees may apply. Fares to London and Barcelona (W class) are eligible for KrisFlyer mileage accrual, but are not valid for redemption upgrades. Fares to all other destinations (V class) are eligible for 10% KrisFlyer mileage accrual, but are not valid for redemption upgrades. KrisFlyer member terms and conditions apply. Singapore Airlines reserves the right to alter or extend this offer without notice. Final booking and payment date is 18/01/2013. Additional terms and conditions may apply. To make a booking, contact Singapore Airlines Reservations on 13 10 11, or visit your local travel agent. recycling experiment A young can collector earns cash and keeps Australia beautiful Politician GerryWood, goes in to bat for the cash-for-cans scheme They conveniently forget it is a deposit system and the only real cost to consumers is in the handling fee S ince Container Deposit Legislation was introduced in SA, the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) and its predecessors have run a campaign denigrating this legislation even though in SA the legislation is supported by 80 per cent of the population. The AFGC members such as CocaCola Amatil and Lion Nathan put strong pressure on NT politicians not to introduce containers legislation but thankfully the previous government stuck to its guns and now a Cash for Containers scheme is operating in the Territory. AGFC provide grants to Keep Australia Beautiful and uses that relationship as a means to promote the councils agenda. The AFGC continues to crank out the same old tired rhetoric that the scheme is costly, increases the price of drinks and does little for the environment. They conveniently forget it is a deposit system and the only real cost to consumers is in the handling fee. They run the line that the containers are best recycled through kerbside recycling but forget to say that ratepayers, not the industry, are subsiding that program and there are not a lot of kerbs in the Northern Territory. The facts are that Recyclers SA figures show that in SA, CDL and kerbside recycling can operate together highlighted by the fact that in SA 85 per cent of nonrefillable glass soft-drink bottles are recovered, compared with 36 per cent nationally, and 84 per cent of cans are recovered compared with 63 per cent nationally. If we look at what has happened in the NT, Alice Springs Town Council introduced its own funded container deposit scheme where the public received 5c per container. The scheme ran from 2009 to 2012 and collected 24 million cans and 5.3 million bottles. It ceased when the Territory-wide Cash for Cans scheme was introduced. But the council now has embarked on a new scheme which covers wine and spirit bottles not covered by the Cash for Container Scheme. Alice Springs residents receive 10c for these bottles and 72,000 bottles have been returned this year. The lesson is: Put a value on waste and it wont end up on the road or in landfill. Territory wide, the Cash for Containers Scheme is continually increasing its return rates at collec tion depots, with return rates at depots of 25.17 per cent at March, 31.1 per cent at June and at 37.33 per cent at September 30, which is excellent considering the scheme has been operating for less than a year, while in SA the scheme has been going for 35 years. Cash for Containers is not just about litter, its about recycling, about reducing landfill, about de veloping community pride and about creating opportunities for sporting bodies and other community groups to fund projects. The system could be even better if Coke and their friends would pay a proper handling fee to the collection depots so the depots could stay viable and more depots could start up across the Territory. But they wouldnt want that. If only the Coca-Colas of this world would stop living in the past, stop being more concerned about their shareholders and how much profit they take out of the Territory, rather than doing the right thing for the community. Its time for Coke and others to get behind Cash for Containers. If they did, it would be even more successful and could go nationwide.

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