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Haggle over empties and crushing questions about town council's glass machine

What's an empty beer can worth? The container deposit saga goes on.

While the depot operator says he's still below break-even point, it seems the Alice Springs Town Council's glass crusher – bought from Queensland with a grant from the NT Government – is a white elephant: it can do in just four days all the crushing the town needs in a year.

The council, after negotiations by the Mayor, rejected a joint venture deal with a local business which was buying a crusher, capable of also processing rocks and old concrete.

The deal would have saved the ratepayer more than half a million dollars. Council CEO Rex Mooney says: "There was no formal proposal" and the equipment bought by the local company would not be suitable.

Meanwhile beverage manufacturer Lion Nathan has issued a media release "firmly" rejecting allegations of profiteering in implementing the the NT government's container deposit scheme and describing it as "expensive and poorly designed".

And Environment Minister Karl Hampton says: "The glass crusher belongs to Alice Springs Town Council – any [questions about the] use of the glass crusher and plans should be directed to them."

ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTOS: The "largest glass crusher in regional Australia" (top, courtesy Town Council) and Kym Schiller sorting empties into no less than 24 categories.

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