Recycling Near You - Plastic Bottles and Containers in the Alice Springs Town Council area

Plastic Bottles and Containers

Plastic bottles and containers are made from natural resources such as crude oil, natural gas and coal. Most plastic is not biodegradable and will persist in the environment for hundreds of years.

If your workplace or business has large quantities of plastic bottles and containers to recycle, visit BusinessRecycling.com.au to find suitable collection or pick up service options.

Find out information about the container deposit scheme in your state.

Click here for more information about single-use plastics.

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The NT Container Deposit Scheme

The NT Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) provides public drop off points which pay the 10-cent refund for each container purchased in the NT. Some of the containers covered include soft drinks, fruit-based drinks and sports drinks (3L or less); favoured milk and water (less than 1L); and beer, cider and mixed drinks (3L or less). You can ensure you receive your refund by not crushing containers, keeping the lid on, presenting relatively clean containers and sorting containers into material types.

Download our factsheet for more information.

Confusion with recycling plastic containers

A triangle with a number (1 to 7) inside stamped on a plastic container or bottle is part of the Plastic Identification Code.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

This code identifies the type of plastic the product is - not if it can be recycled.

mobius loopPeople often confuse the 'plastic identification code' for the general recycling symbol (mobius loop), which involves three chasing arrows.

About Plastic Lids

Please check with your council for any specific local advice around recycling plastic lids. In general, we advise the following:

  • Ensure the plastic bottle is empty, and crush the bottle if possible.The lid may then be screwed lightly back onto the bottle and placed in the recycling bin
  • Most plastic lids and neck rings are the same type of plastic as the container. Even if they are not they can be easily separated.
  • Plastic lids are too small for recyclers to recover with current technology, do not place them loose int he recycling bin.