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Coca Cola Machine ‘Out of Order’ in Australia
Written by Kevin Rennie On 21 March 2013 @ 16:13 pm | 1 Comment
In Australia, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, English, Environment, Oceania, Protest, Weblog
A nationwide campaign against Coca Cola has followed their successful legal challenge on March 4, 2013 to container deposit legislation in Australia's Northern Territory. Robin Tennant-Wood summed up on The Conversation  blog:
After the introduction of the Northern Territory’s CDL scheme last year, multinational beverage giant, Coca-Cola Amatil  (CCA), announced that it would mount a legal challenge  against the scheme.
… In the wake of the court decision, industrial sabotage activist group, Out Of Order , responded by putting “Out of Order” signs on CCA vending machines in all capital cities.
The Out of Order Facebook  and Twitter  accounts give their location as Hobart Tasmania, at the opposite end of the country. Its Facebook page explains that they have two other campaigns, namely ones against Banks ANZ and HSBC for their investment in coal and coal seam gas.
A petition at Sum of Us  has over 110,000 signatures:
Stop fighting container deposit programs and drop your lawsuit against Australia's Northern Territory.
That’s about the same number of adults in the NT.
Out of Order  is prepared to flaunt their arguably illegal activity, comparing themselves with the online activists Anonymous:
@itsoutoforder : But then again, maybe #outoforder are #anonymous , industrial sabotage activists… maybe we should ask #popefrancis
It’s not clear how the Pontiff can help. Like the Holy See, Australia’s Coca-Cola Amatil is getting a new CEO.
Take 3 , a clean beach initiative posted a collage of photos on Facebook:
There is a similar group called Container Savers  who even have their own App for photographing container rubbish:
Container refunds are the most effective mechanism for increasing recycling and reducing litter. The beverage industry opposes container refunds – let‘s show them where their trash ends up.
When you see drink container litter on the street, in a park, on the beach – or anywhere it shouldn‘t be – take a photo and upload it to the CS map.
I checked the share prices yesterday and was alarmed to see they are not going through the floor but have risen since the beginning of this.
Nigel Arnold  responded with concern about innocent victims:
I think this is a little unfair to the middle man. Most vending machines are privately owned.
Award winning cartoonist First Dog on the Moon  aka Mr Onthemoon tweeted:
His cartoon appeared on Crikey.com.au  on March 5:
Greenpeace Australia Pacific  has also been campaigning and has yet another petition:
Meanwhile the NT government has taken steps to support the deposit scheme until Australian governments can consider laws to enable its implementation. Clean Up Australia , organisers of Clean Up Australia Day, are very pleased:
…a continuation of our commitment to recycling, a $5 million investment with our industry partners, for the Northern Territory to boost recycling rates and reduce litter.
For all the details – http://bit.ly/13FJWr0 
Nigel Mitchell ’s view seemed representative of the negative reactions amongst the 600+ comments so far:
So, if the COAG [Council of Australian Governments] meeting decides to support national implementation of a CDS, will Coke support this, or will they continue with their anti-environment and anti-democratic policies?
In fact, there wasn’t a neutral or supportive comment in the first hundred or so. What do the silent majority think? We know what they drink – Coke's Aussie facebook page has 936,000+ Likes.
The State of South Australia  passed container deposit legislation in 1975 and has had a scheme since 1977.
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URLs in this post:
 The Conversation: http://theconversation.edu.au/coke-chokes-the-nt-container-deposit-scheme-12744
 Coca-Cola Amatil: http://ccamatil.com/Pages/default.aspx
 legal challenge: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-09/20110909coca-cola-recycle-challenge/2878504/?site=sydney
 Out Of Order: https://www.facebook.com/itsoutoforder
 Image: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151487929466037&set=o.303584956409472&type=1&theater
 Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsoutoforder
 Sum of Us: http://action.sumofus.org/a/coke-recycling/?sub=homepage
 @itsoutoforder: https://twitter.com/itsoutoforder/status/313648504264343553
 Take 3: https://www.facebook.com/take3.a.clean.beach.initiative
 Image: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=513058815399551&set=a.460546227317477.98925.135790153126421&type=1&theater
 Container Savers: http://apps.sna.pr/container-savers/
 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/containersavers
 Twitter: https://twitter.com/containersavers
 Image: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=592721987423180&set=pb.485278058167574.-2207520000.1363756109&type=3&theater
 Karen Marshall: https://www.facebook.com/karen.marshall.1650
 Challenge photo album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.340451192722848.1073741825.303584956409472&type=3
 Nigel Arnold: https://www.facebook.com/nigel.arnold.3
 First Dog on the Moon: https://twitter.com/firstdogonmoon
 @firstdogonmoon: https://twitter.com/firstdogonmoon/status/313272216705970177
 #coke: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23coke&src=hash
 Crikey.com.au: http://www.crikey.com.au/
 Image: http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/03/05/unregulated-markets-will-kill-us-all/
 Greenpeace Australia Pacific: https://twitter.com/GreenpeaceAustP
 @GreenpeaceAustP: https://twitter.com/GreenpeaceAustP/status/308464367022792704
 @CocaCola: https://twitter.com/CocaCola
 http://bit.ly/stoptrashingaus_tw: https://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/?cid=35&src=tw
 #cokefail: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23cokefail&src=hash
 Clean Up Australia: https://twitter.com/Clean_Up
 @Clean_Up : https://twitter.com/Clean_Up/status/313537792766533633
 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaAustralia
 announced: https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaAustralia/posts/10152622979010153
 http://bit.ly/13FJWr0: http://www.afgc.org.au/media-releases/1384-multi-million-dollar-industry-partnership-for-comprehensive-recycling-and-litter-reduction-in-the-territory.html
 Nigel Mitchell: https://www.facebook.com/nigel.mitchell
 South Australia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Container_deposit_legislation_in_Australia
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