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Rethink it NWT! Please Visit Our New Website

January 20, 2016

Rethinkitnwt.ca is the new website of the Waste Reduction and Recovery Program.

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Rethink It

October 1, 2015

We’re launching an exciting new brand that will encourage residents to rethink their habits and the impact they have on the environment.

Rethink It.

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Drop and Go service now in Yellowknife and Hay River!

August 21, 2015

The days of standing in line at the bottle depot are behind you! Drop and Go is an exciting new service that will make returning your beverage containers quick and easy. You simply create an account, label your bags and boxes of beverage containers and then leave them to be sorted at the bottle depot. Your account will be credited within 5 days. You can pick up your refund or drop off more containers and watch your account grow!

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Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative Grant Program

February 20, 2015

Do you have an idea for a way to reduce waste or increase recycling of materials in your community?

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative provides up to $25,000.00 in financial assistance to NWT-based municipalities, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals to complete projects that reduce, reuse, recycle or recover waste.

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Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative Grant Program

November 20, 2014

Do you have an idea to reduce, reuse or recycle waste in your community?

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative provides up to $25,000.00 in financial assistance to NWT-based municipalities, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals to complete projects that reduce, reuse, recycle or recover waste.

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Electronics Recycling Pilot Project Begins in Four NWT Communities

October 7, 2013

An electronics recycling pilot project was started in September 2013 in the following four communities: Fort McPherson; Norman Wells; Fort Smith; and, Fort Providence. The pilot project is helping to create an NWT electronics recycling program. In participating communities, electronic items such as old computers, printers, televisions, stereos and phones are being collected at the existing Beverage Container Program depot.

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Report Now Available: Inventory and Feasibility Assessment of E-Waste Recovery in the Northwest Territories

February 11, 2013

Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) aims to develop and deliver an effective, efficient, transparent, accountable, and self-sustaining electronic waste (e-waste) refurbishing and recycling program for residents of the NWT. In order to develop such a program, ENR commissioned a study to help find out how much e-waste may be accumulating in the NWT, how much is generated on an annual basis, and if developing an e-waste program is feasible. We are pleased to share the findings of this study with you.

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Fort Smith Depot Temporarily Closed

July 9, 2012

The Fort Smith Beverage Collection Depot will be closed July 12th to July 25th, 2012. Fort Smith residents are asked to save their beverage containers until the depot re-opens on July 25th.

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E-waste Survey Complete

June 26, 2012

Thank-you to all those who completed our survey on electronic waste (e-waste), it is now closed. Three names were chosen randomly from survey respondents to win an iPod Touch 8G. The lucky winners are:

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Opportunity for New Depot Operators

January 25, 2012

Would you like to make some money and support recycling in your community? ENR is looking for depot operators in six communities.

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Compact Reusable Bags in your Mailbox!

June 14, 2011

ENR is making it easier for residents to avoid paying 25¢ for single-use retail bags by providing two compact reusable bags per household.

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Remember - there's cash in your trash!

May 13, 2011

Help your local depot operator and get your cash refund quicker by making sure you have rinsed out your milk containers and removed any caps or tops from your plastic containers.

Fire at the Inuvik Beverage Container Depot and Processing Centre

October 7, 2010

Following the recent fire at the Inuvik beverage container depot and processing centre, collection services are being provided at the Northwest Transport Building on Airport Road two days a week – Friday and Saturday 11:00 – 17:30.

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GNWT Adds Milk Containers to the Beverage Container Program

February 15, 2010

YELLOWKNIFE (February 15, 2010) - Beginning today, milk containers are now part of the NWT Beverage Container Program. The initiative is part of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) Waste Reduction and Recovery Program Expansion.

"I am pleased to see our Territory take this next step in expanding our environmental stewardship", Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) J. Michael Miltenberger says. "With the continued participation of NWT residents, the addition of milk containers to the Beverage Container Program will work to keep our communities and highways litter free and reduce the waste that is added to our landfills."

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Single Use Retail Bag Fee Implemented in the NWT

January 15, 2010

Beginning today, paper and plastic bags will cost 25 cents at all grocery store check-out counters in the Northwest Territories.

"Our territory has a beautiful and pristine environment," said Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) J. Michael Miltenberger. "Switching to reusable bags is an easy way to help protect it, and I hope all NWT residents will join me in making that switch."

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