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Container deposit scheme industry information

Container deposit scheme approvals

Under the Environment Protection (Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags) Act 2011, an application for a CDS approval must be made to the NT EPA. This includes:

  • supply approvals
  • collection approvals and
  • co-ordinator approvals.

Completed applications can be forwarded to either via:

Email: containerdeposit@nt.gov.au (preferred) 
Post to: NT Environment Protection Authority, GPO Box 3675, Darwin NT, 0801

Supply approvals

Under Part 2 of the Environment Protection (Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags) Act 2011, beverage manufacturers or first importers of regulated containers are required to hold a supply approval issued by the NT EPA.

A complete application for supply approval may take up to four weeks from the date of submission to assess and a determination on the application to be made.

To avoid delays in the assessment process please ensure the application.

A supply approval for a container will only be issued if the NT EPA has approved a waste management arrangement that deals with the requirements of section 11 of the Act. The NT EPA must be satisfied that the container material (including the label) is suitable for recycling, reuse or other appropriate  disposal and that the container bears the approved refund markings.

Please see below for further information regarding submitting an application for a supply approval:

It is an offence against:

  • section 13 of the Act for a person to supply a beverage in a regulated container to a beverage retailer for sale by the retailer unless the container is an approved container
  • section 14 of the Act for a beverage retailer to sell a beverage in a regulated container unless the container is an approved container.

Industry information

Container deposit scheme co-ordinators

Under the Environment Protection (Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags) Act 2011, an approval is required to operate as a container deposit scheme (CDS) co-ordinator in the Northern Territory.

The co-ordinator approval will only be issued if the NT EPA has approved a waste management arrangement that deals with the requirements of section 11 (WMA's generally) and section 12 (co-ordinator management) of the Act.

Please see below for further information regarding submitting an application for a coordinator approval;

CDS co-ordinators in the NT

NT Coordinators Pty Ltd

Contact: Trevor Hockley
Phone: 08 8376 0555
Email: ntcoord@gibsonpartners.com.au

Envirobank Recycling NT

Contact: Narelle Anderson
Phone: 1800 368 476
Email: nanderson@envirobank.com.au

Statewide Recycling

Contact: Richard Byerlee
Phone: 08 8341 2511
Email: sales@statewiderecycling.com.au

Marine Stores Pty Ltd

Contact: Craig Marshall
Phone: 08 8447 6744
Mobile: 0404 824 885
Email: craig.marshall@marinestores.com.au

Collection depots

Under the Environment Protection (Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags) Act 2011, an approval is required to operate as a Collection Depot in the NT.

A collection depot approval will only be issued if the NT EPA has approved a waste management arrangement that deals with the requirements of section 11 of the Act.  In deciding the application, the NT EPA will take into account the proposed location of the collection depot and must be satisfied that the depot will be accessible to the general public in its proposed location and open on a consistent and regular basis (section 24B)

Please see below for further information regarding submitting an application for a collection depot approval:

Retailers

Under the CDS retailers are required to ensure that beverage containers they sell have been approved.

Retailers are under no obligation to accept delivery of empty containers or pay the refund amount in exchange for delivered containers. If a retailer elects to do so or wishes to operate a reverse vending  machine, they are required to obtain a collection depot approval.

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