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Recycling in Alice Springs

Recycling in a remote location like Alice Springs offers a number of challenges. Large distances to major recycling centres mean that some forms of recycling are not cost-competitve. Alice Springs does not have a curb side recycling service. Rather the onus is on consumers to be responsible for managing their own waste and taking their recycling to the depots around town.

The Alice Springs Town Council has been investing a lot into waste management and many things can be recycled at the Regional Waste Management facility. Check out the Alice Springs Town Council website here

There are also a number of private businesses in Alice Springs that also manage some forms of recycling.

Download the Alice Springs Town Council regional recycling directory here which lists what can be recycled where. 

ALEC short films on recycling:

Professor Veena Sahajwalla discusses the four R's reduce, reuse, recycle and reform and their application in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Mayor Damien Ryan and Alice Waste's Fritz Hapke demonstrate local examples of reforming waste. Thanks to the NT Environment Protection Authority for sponsoring this project.


The Northern Territory has container deposit legislation that means you can cash in your  drink containers for 10c.

Funded by the NT Environment Protection Authority and produced by the Arid Lands Environment Centre, these ads are showing on regional television in 2016.

'If you're not recycling, what are you doing?' Throwing money in the bin?


Check out Composting here

Thorny News Updates

The Thorny News is ALEC's fortnightly e-newsletter which has information about ALEC projects and campaigns, local environmental updates, upcoming events and community notices. It's a great way to keep informed and up to date on issues important to the Central Australian environment and community.

All ALEC members and Desert Defenders receive the Thorny News as part of their membership and as regular givers.

Become an ALEC member here.

Become a Desert Defender here.


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ALEC runs regular events to keep you in the loop about our campaigns and environmental issues affecting Central Australia. We also offer workshops, fundraisers, training, networking events and social gatherings. It's a great way to meet likeminded people and find out how you can turn passion into action.

When you RSVP you'll go on a list to receive occasional updates about other exciting ALEC events. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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