Approval to Operate a Collection Depot - Northern Territory


You will need this approval if you intend to operate a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) collection depot.

A collection depot is a facility for the collection and handling of regulated containers, delivered in return for the payment of a refund. Such facilities include reverse vending machines.

Under the CDS, a 10 cent refund is available to consumers for approved empty beverage containers purchased in the Territory on or after 3 January 2012. Empty approved containers must be delivered to an approved collection depot to obtain a refund. The collection depot must deliver the containers to a CDS coordinator to claim the reimbursement of the refund amount.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • form a waste management arrangement with CDS coordinators and registered suppliers
  • ensure that the depot is accessible to the general public
  • ensure that the depot will be open to the general public on a consistent and regular basis.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All You do not need to pay any fees.

Administering agency

Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority (NTEPA)

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.