Department of Community Services

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Recycling in Yukon

We want to change how we recycle e-waste and tires in Yukon

Proposed changes to the Designated Materials Regulation 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. You will no longer pay tipping fees for these products at solid waste facilities.

In Yukon, the territorial government subsidizes recycling. 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.

As we prepare to amend the Designated Materials Regulation, we ask Yukoners and industry to offer feedback on the proposed product categories and surcharges, as well as the timing for when these changes should come into effect.

Complete the survey.

Why are you going back to consultation?

During broad public consultation in 2014, we heard overwhelming support from Yukoners for a more robust recycling system. Read the summary of the 2014 engagement.

Based on conversations we have had with retailers, industry and stakeholders, we realize we need to take a step back and extend the engagement process.

What are the proposed surcharges and what products are affected?

Electronics

  • Desktop computer $15
  • Portable computers and tablets $10
  • Computer accessories like keyboards $1
  • Desktop printers, fax machines and copier equipment $12
  • Display screen 29 inches and smaller $12
  • Display screen 29 inches and larger $30
  • Home audio and video equipment like stereos $10
  • Personal audio and video players $6
  • Phone $2
  • Vehicle audio and video players $6

Electrical items

  • Kitchen countertop appliances like blenders $2
  • Microwave $8
  • Time and weight measurement devices like scales and clocks $1
  • Garment and personal care devices like irons and hair dryers $2
  • Air purifiers and fans $1
  • Large vacuum $5
  • Small handheld vacuum $3

Tires

  • 17 inches and smaller $7
  • 18 to 22 inches $15
  • Greater than 22 inches $50

Where can I recycle e-waste and tires?

We will work with municipalities and communities when these changes are implemented to identify drop-off locations for e-waste. This page will be updated as e-waste recycling depots are identified. Tires can be taken to your local solid waste facility.

Where do the surcharges go?

All surcharges go to the territory's Recycling Fund, which funds recycling in Yukon.

Why were these items included?

E-waste and tires are a big part of the waste stream. E-waste can contain dangerous chemicals as well as valuable recyclable components. Used tires often buil up at solid waste facilities. They also provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes and are a serious fire hazard.

How did you decide on the surcharge amounts?

The surcharge amounts were based on current tipping fees and similar surcharges across Canada, as well as the costs associated with transporting recyclable material out of the territory to processors down south.

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 the 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 like this try to balance the costs for consumers, while still providing the benefits a recycling system brings to our economy and environment.

Do the surcharges still apply if I shop online or outside Yukon?

Yes. You already pay surcharges for recycling when you buy these products in a store outside Yukon. All Canadian provinces and territories have surcharges in place. For example, if you buy a phone in Alberta, you will pay a surcharge to the provincial government.

Online retailers will register under the Designated Materials Regulation in Yukon. We are working with the Electronic Products Recycling Association to manage this process.

When you enter your Yukon shipping address, the online retailer will be prompted to include the applicable surcharge. The surcharge will be deposited into Yukon's Recycling Fund. These changes make sure surcharges stay in the territory to fund recycling here.

Have more questions?

Contact us at YGrecycles@gov.yk.ca

If you are a producer and have questions on these regulations or how to register, visit Environment Yukon.


Beverage containers

Updates to the Beverage Container Regulation came into effect on August 1, 2017. The regulation applies surcharges and refunds on beverage containers. It now includes milk products and milk substitutes.

Learn more:

What kind of beverage containers can I return for refund?