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Government to impose TV tax to pay for recycling

The Federal Government is considering a new tax on TVs and computers to pay for a new recycling scheme.

The tax is outlined in a Government-commissioned report to the Environment Protection and Heritage Council. The report says there is a need to change community and commercial behaviour in relation to recycling old TVs and computers and a tax should be seriously considered.

Consumers are expected to be the worst hit, with retailers claiming consumers will have to pay either through higher costs for TVs and computers, or through increased state taxes and local government rate.

Australian Industry Association chief executive Ian Burke said a straight-out tax would probably add an average $30 to the cost of a new TV, while the National Association of Retail Grocers of Australia senior policy adviser Gerard Van Rijswijk dubbed the plan a “billion-dollar scam”.

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