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 325 million beverage containers have been recycled since the program started.
  • Since 2010, nearly 50 million single-use retail bags have been kept out of NWT landfills and off the land.
  • Over 200 tonnes of electronics have been collected forf recycling since 2016.
  • We’re hoping we can count on your continued support. ReThinkIt and keep the NWT clean!

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. 

Find out how to recycle beverage containers in your community.

How can I recycle my electronics?

Electronics, such as laptops, desktop computers and printers are now accepted for recycling in the Northwest Territories.

Find out how to recycle electronics in your community.

What is the single-use retail bag program?

The single-use retail bag program was started to address the millions of single-use bags that cause unsightly litter in our communities and on the land. Since the start of the program, nearly 50 million bags have been kept out of Northwest Territories landfills and off the land.

Find out more about the single-use retail bag program and how it supports waste reduction and recycling in the NWT.

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.