What to recycle and where

In Darwin we presently recycle only 16% of our rubbish, despite more than 75% of the domestic waste we throw away can be recycled. You can prevent waste going to landfill by recycling, reducing waste and composting vegetable matter.

The yellow-lidded recycling bin

yellow-lid bin

The provision of the yellow lidded Council recycling bin means you can recycle a large portion of your household waste simply by placing recyclable material in the correct colour-coded bin. Items that can be recycled in the yellow-lidded bin are:

  • 1 – 7 plastics
  • milk and juice wax cartons
  • clean paper and cardboard (and no dirty pizza boxes)
  • metal tins and cans, including aerosols

recycling council ad

See City of Darwin website for more Council recycling information.

But remember:

  • Separate lids from containers
  • Items need to be clean (but to save water, wash recyclables in leftover washing up water)
  • No plastic bags in the yellow-lidded bin

What doesn’t belong in the Yellow-Lidded bin?

  • Oil or oil cans
  • Nappies
  • Foil
  • Bikes and bike parts
  • Engine and engine parts
  • Electrical items
  • Crockery and pyrex glass
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Light globes
  • Paint containers
  • Mirrors and broken windows

How can we recycle things that do not belong in the Yellow-Lidded bin?

If an item doesn’t belong in the yellow-lidded bin it does not mean that it can’t be recycled elsewhere. Look up items in the table below to learn where they can be recycled (and for more locations check Recycling Near You and search for your council area):


Where to recycle/re-use:

All batteries, including car batteries, lead sealed acid batteries, computer batteries, phone batteries and camera batteries Battery World
Books and magazines Second Hand Book shops (Or if you have a large quantity take them to the Recycling Centre at Shoal Bay Waste Disposal site)
Building materials Berrimah Second Hand Building Supplies OR
Recycling Centre of Shoal Bay Waste Disposal site
Paints and Chemical waste Domestic chemical waste can be taken to the Recycle area at Shoal Bay Waste Disposal site
Industrial waste can be taken to commercial waste businesses
Paints Recycling Centre at Shoal Bay Waste Disposal site
White goods, Electrical appliances and cables Recycling Centre at Shoal Bay Waste Disposal site; Scrap metal merchants
E-Waste (TV and computers) Recycle Centre at Shoal Bay Waste Disposal site
(read more on E-Waste Stewardship)
Mobile phones Return them to the local mobile phone shop. Up to 90% of a mobile phone can be recycled
Old smoke detectors Return them to where you purchased them. They contain small amounts of radioactive material
Ink cartridges Re-fill them at Cartridge World, or;
Return to Cartridge World, Office Works, Harvey Norman, Tandy, or Dick Smith Electronics
Tyres Buy retreaded types, and leave old ones at the tyre shop. Casings can be re-treaded or waste tyres shredded

NT’s Container Deposit Scheme

Container Deposit Schemes involve returning your used drink containers (plastic, aluminium or glass) and receiving a refund – this encourages the recycling of these containers and has been found in SA where it’s been going for many years, to greatly reduce waste to landfill and the amount of litter generated. It’s been a controversial issue around the country, with drink manufacturing companies blocking the uptake in some locations, including attempting this in NT. You can follow the campaign for a national container deposit legislation here.

NT’s Container Deposit Scheme commenced in 2012. As at 2014, there are several places you can take your containers for recycling and claim your 10c refund (and check the NT EPA website for updates):

Envirobank Recycling
41 McKinnon Road, Pinelands
Ph: 08 8931 0397
8:00am – 4:00pm Mon – Fri
8:00am – 2:00pm Saturday
Closed Sunday and public holidays

Envirobank Recycling RVM
Charles Darwin University
Ph: 08 8931 0397
9.00am – 6.00pm Mon – Sun
Note: This RVM only accepts aluminium and plastic containers.
No Cardboard or Glass.
For more information visit www.envirobank.com.au/recycle-rewards

Territory Can Man
102 Winnellie Road, Winnellie
Ph: 08 8947 5134
9.00am – 3.30pm Mon-Fri
8.00am-12.00pm Sat

M.T. Bins Pty Ltd
Shed 5, Bovril St, Katherine
Ph: 08 8971 0577
8:00am – 4:00pm Mon – Fri
8:00am – 12:00 noon Sat

Bagnall Agencies and Elliott Mechanical
4-6 Lewis Street, Elliott
Ph: 08 8969 2085
8:00am – 12:00 noon Mon – Sat

Darrin’s Rubbish Removal
24 Brown St, Tennant Creek
Ph: 08 8962 1880
9.00am – 4pm Mon – Sat

Envirobank Recycling
39 Cameron St, Alice Springs
Ph: 08 8953 7964
8:00am – 2:00pm Mon – Fri
Closed Weekends

Envirobank Recycling RVM
Alpa Store Lot 83, Gadapu Road, Milingimbi
Ph: 08 8931 0397
10:00am – 4:00pm Mon – Sun