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B.C. court tosses recycling lawsuit


April 30, 2008
By Canadian Vending Staff

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VANCOUVER – B.C. beverage makers have put a lid on court action from the Consumers’ Association over a recycling fee paid on drink containers.

VANCOUVER – B.C. beverage makers have put a lid on court action from the Consumers’ Association over a recycling fee paid on drink containers.

Over 30 businesses, including Coca-Cola and Pepsi, were named in the lawsuit the Consumers’ Association of Canada had planned on making a class-action court case.

The association alleged the industry collected more than $60 million in illegal container recycling levies.
However, in a pre-trial application, lawyers for the industry argued those fees cover the cost of the industry stewardship program and recycling.

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B.C. Supreme Court Justice Loryl Russell has ruled the companies are within their rights to include recycling costs in the cost of the beverage.

She also dismissed several other claims made by the association, saying it hasn’t established any deprivation on its part.      SOURCE: Canadian Press