Container deposit scheme

Take your eligible containers back to an approved Northern Territory collection depot and get 10 cents back in your pocket.

The Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) helps to reduce litter from our streets, increases recycling and helps reduce the amount of rubbish being disposed to landfill.

The CDS is a great way for community groups, sporting clubs and schools to raise funds.

So what are you waiting for? Get involved today.

For more information about the Container Deposit Scheme and how to become involved contact the

Phone: 1800 752 632

Collection depots

Collection depots are the public access point to the Northern Territory's CDS, providing the 10 cent refund on approved beverage containers.

Collection depots that accept the return of approved containers must pay the 10 cent refund amount for each container to the person presenting the containers. This is provided that the containers were purchased in the Northern Territory after 3 January 2012.

Collection depots are not required to accept any container that is unclean, contaminated or has a lid on it.

Help your collection depot by returning containers that are eligible and not crushed to get your 10 cent refund. To reduce your waiting times at the collection depot, ensure your containers are:

  • clean
  • have no lids on them and
  • are sorted into material types.

If you return more than 1,500 containers to a collection depot within any 48 hour period, you will need to sign a declaration form stating that:

  • the containers were purchased in the Northern Territory and
  • were purchased after 3 January 2012.

CDS co-ordinators

A CDS co-ordinator coordinates the activities of CDS participants under the CDS.

CDS co-ordinators accept, handle and deliver for reuse, recycling or other appropriate disposal, approved containers received from collection depots.

The CDS co-ordinators have arrangements with collection depots across the Territory.

Co-ordinators are working with businesses in a number of areas to establish collection depots that will provide reasonable access across the Territory.

Community groups, sporting clubs and schools

Community groups, sporting clubs and schools can get involved by establishing donation collection points for approved containers.

This could be done by providing collection bins at events or at the canteen or providing the opportunity for the community to donate their containers. This means any containers returned to collection depots using these bins will raise funds for your organisation.

Planning needs to be put into how the containers will be collected, sorted, stored and transported to collection depots.

The Container Deposit Scheme isn't just about fund raising, it's also a great way to motivate kids and club members to clean up the local environment.

Regulated and approved containers

Regulated Containers PDF (590.7 KB) are types of beverages and containers that the Northern Territory CDS applies to.

These containers require a supply approval under the Environment Protection (Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags) Act 2011.

All approved containers will have one of the following approved 10 cents refund markings on the label:

  • "10c refund at collection depots/points in participating State/Territory of purchase"
  • "10c refund at SA/NT collection depots in State/Territory of purchase"
  • "10c refund at collection depots when sold in NT".

It is an offence under the Container Deposit Scheme for a retailer to sell regulated containers that have not been approved for sale in the Northern Territory.

The regulated containers require approval under the Environment Protection (Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags) Act 2011. For more information read the regulated containers fact sheet PDF (590.7 KB).

If you are unsure whether or not a product that you sell has been approved under the scheme please contact the Waste and Resource Recovery Team on 1800 752 632.


There have been several types of reports completed on the container deposit scheme:

  • annual reports and
  • reviews.

To view these reports go to our publications and advice section.

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