NT Recycling Solutions yesterday closed the doors of its three depots operating in the Darwin area under the Cash for Containers scheme.
The firm says it paid 10 cents refund for more than two million containers but the reimbursement from the drink manufacturers have either been not paid or not in full: "NTRS advised the Government of these issues early in the scheme's existence however they failed to make any significant efforts to help us resolve the matter until several weeks after the issues arose."
The Darwin firm urges collectors to contact the Minister responsible for the administration of the Act, Karl Hampton (pictured) "and voice their concerns over the failure of the scheme to date".
In a statement issued to media on Friday Mr Hampton said the government has offered to pay for the dispute to be mediated and is advised that mediation will take place next week. It has now been confirmed that it will be before Tom Pauling, former NT Administrator, early in the week.
PHOTO at top: Part of the depot in Smith Street, Alice Springs.