Cash for Containers.

Container Deposit Scheme in the Northern Territory

On 3 January 2012, the Northern Territory introduced a container deposit scheme. Cash for Containers, developed to help reduce the amount of litter in the Territory, was the second such scheme introduced in Australia after South Australia.

Under the terms of the scheme, a 10-cent refund is payable for every eligible container returned.

Recycling bottles and cans in the Northern Territory.

The Cash for Containers scheme is an important pillar of the Territory Government’s 2030 Strategic Plan and Climate Change Policy. The scheme was designed to help reduce litter, increase recycling efforts, and reduce waste going to the Territory’s landfills by 50% by 2020.

Envirobank is a Scheme Coordinator of the NT Cash for Containers scheme and we also operate collection points. This means that we collect containers and pay out the refunds, but we also process the collected materials and distribute them for recycling.

How it works.

Returning your containers for a refund or reward is easy.

  1. Collect eligible containers.
  2. Return to an Envirobank collection point.
  3. Earn refunds, rewards and good karma.

What can and can’t be returned.

As a general rule, most drink containers between 150ml and 3L can be returned for a refund under your state’s container deposit scheme.

Containers should be empty, uncrushed, lid-free and display the refund marking for your state.

Where to return containers in the Northern Territory.

You can return your eligible drink containers at any Envirobank collection point in the Territory. We operate automated depots in Alice Springs and Pinelands, Darwin. Envirobank also runs quarterly mobile collection services which provide the communities of Jabiru and Wagait Beach with access to the scheme.

Make the most out of recycling with Envirobank.

Through Envirobank’s rewards program, Crunch, you can access extra tips and tricks for recycling at our depots, RVMs and mobile collections. You can also track your environmental impact and treat yourself to loads of rewards.