Recycling of tires, electronics and electrical products in Yukon

Recycling is a priority for Yukoners and can be expensive in the North.

Most jurisdictions across Canada use a point-of-purchase recycling model where consumers pay a surcharge on certain products to make sure recycling and re-processing of reusable materials can be afforded when they are done using them. This keeps harmful metals and chemicals out of the landfills. This also helps reduce illegal dumping in the environment by removing tipping fees.

For most southern Canadian jurisdictions, industry-led recycling programs shift the responsibility for end-of-life management from government to the producers and retailers of their products. Over years, industry operators of recycling programs have developed efficiencies to help reduce costs.

Costs of recycling in the North are significantly higher than southern jurisdictions due to the distance to recycling processors, costs of transport, smaller populations, and generally less waste management infrastructure. This is why government-run stewardship programs try to balance the costs for consumers, while still providing the benefits a recycling system brings to our economy and environment.

Proposed changes to the Designated Materials Regulation in Yukon will apply surcharges on electronic and electrical products (e-Waste) at the point-of-purchase. The surcharges you already pay on new tires will change and new tire categories will be added. Free depots will be available for disposal to keep these items out of Yukon landfills and they will be transported for responsible recycling. You will no longer pay tipping fees for these products at solid waste facilities or depots.

In Yukon, the territorial government subsidizes recycling in the territory. These changes will help make recycling costs more financially sustainable and support environmental stewardship by keeping harmful chemicals and metals out of landfills and reducing illegal dumping by increasing participation in recycling programs.

Yukoners expressed significant support for these changes during public engagement in 2014, and want to see more. This is the first phase of Yukon government’s ongoing work to expand the territory’s recycling regime and make it more sustainable. More categories will come forward for public engagement in the future.

We are looking for feedback from interested stakeholders and industry on the categories, surcharge amounts, and timing for when these changes will come into effect.
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