ReThinkIt!

Throwing that away? ReThinkIt!

The Government of the Northwest Territories is encouraging residents to rethink their habits and the impact they have on the environment. We provide programs to help residents better manage their waste through reducing and recycling.

Your actions add up!

  • Over 336 million beverage containers have been recycled since the program started.
  • Since 2010, nearly 57 million single-use retail bags have been kept out of NWT landfills and off the land.
  • Over 269 tonnes of electronics have been collected for recycling since 2016.

We’re hoping we can count on your continued support. ReThinkIt—and keep the NWT clean!

Recycling and COVID-19

Recycling depots and processing centres were closed on March 19, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many depots and services have since re-opened with new health and safety measures to protect depot workers and the public. New guidelines have also been shared, encouraging people to wash reusable shopping bags between uses.

Please note that depots may be required to close again should the COVID-19 situation change in the NWT. For the latest information on COVID-19, including GNWT program and service availability, visit www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19.

How can I recycle beverage containers?

The Beverage Container Program (BCP) is a recycling initiative to help divert containers that would otherwise end up in Northwest Territories landfills or as litter along streets and highways. The following depots are currently open for collection of bottles:

  • Behchoko
  • Colville Lake
  • Fort McPherson
  • Fort Resolution
  • Fort Simpson
  • Fort Smith
  • Hay River
  • Inuvik
  • Norman Wells
  • Sambaa K’e
  • Paulatuk
  • Tuktoyaktuk
  • Ulukhaktok
  • Whati
  • Yellowknife

More information on hours and contact information for these depots can be found here:

Find out how to recycle electronics in your community.

How can I get funding to do more waste reduction and recycling?

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative provides up to $50,000 in financial assistance to NWT-based municipalities, Indigenous governments, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals to complete projects that reduce or recycle waste.

Apply for the Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative