Circular economy

The Northern Territory (NT) Circular Economy Strategy 2022-2027 is the NT Government’s plan to reduce, reuse and recycle waste into a value resource.

This will keep it out of the environment and inside the economy to create value, jobs and growth.

To find out more, get the strategy PDF (2.1 MB).

You can also view feedback from local businesses and organisations by going to the Have Your Say website.

Key priorities and initiatives

The strategy focuses on 3 key priorities:

  • modernising the regulatory framework to protect the environment and create the right regulatory settings for growing the circular economy
  • transitioning the Territory to a circular economy
  • establishing the waste industry as a contributor to the Territory’s $40 billion by 2030 vision.

Through enhanced collaboration across government, councils, industry and the community, the strategy aims to:

  • encourage investment and business creation in resource, reuse and recycling
  • phase out and ban problematic single use plastics by 2025
  • encourage innovation and adoption of resource recovery and recycling technology through partnerships and collaborations with research institutions and industry
  • strengthen the NT’s procurement framework to incentivise use of recycled materials in government funded projects and
    investigate achievable and cost effective targets for use of recycled content in building and civil construction.

NT Recycling and Modernisation Fund

The transition to a circular economy has started.

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade has grants of at least $50,000 available to:

  • businesses
  • local government
  • not-for-profit organisations.

Through the fund, applicants can apply for a 50-50 co-contribution basis.

Successful grant projects will enhance the Territory’s recycling infrastructure to create or improve:

  • recovery
  • sorting
  • processing
  • reuse
  • recycling or remanufacturing of plastic, paper and cardboard, tyres or glass.

To find out more and to apply, go to the NT Government website.


Last updated: 19 May 2022

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