ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Recycling

The Yukon government is committed to waste diversion and recycling, which helps keep hazardous chemicals out of our environment, allows for re-use of valuable resources and saves landfill space.

For information about Yukon government recycling programs and solid waste management operations, visit www.YGrecycles.ca.

Environment Yukon and the Department of Community Services share the responsibilities for administering the Beverage Container Regulations and the Designated Materials Regulation.

These regulations set surcharges on the sale of new beverage containers, and tires. The funds from these surcharges are collected in the Recycling Fund to pay for the collection, transportation and recycling of used products.

The regulations require manufacturers, distributors and retailers to register in order to sell these products in Yukon. They also require depots to have a permit to collect and handle these products.

Amendments to the regulations were recently passed. These amendments expand the types of products that are subject to surcharges, including electronic and electrical products.

The amended regulations for Beverage Containers (pdf icon146 KB) will come into effect on August 1, 2017. (1992 Beverage Containers Regulations pdf icon26 KB)

The implementation of the amended Designated Materials to regulation will be deferred until February 1, 2018 to provide additional time for stakeholder input as relates to tires in particular.


For information on amendments to these regulations, visit www.YGrecycles.ca.

How to register and obtain permits

Beverage containers

Distributors of new beverage containers in Yukon must register with Environment Yukon.

Depots that collect beverage containers must obtain a permit from the Department of Community Services.

Tires

Manufacturers, distributors and retailers of tires sold in Yukon must register with Environment Yukon.

Depots that collect used tires must obtain a permit from the Department of Community Services.

Electronic and electrical products

Manufacturers, distributors and retailers of electronic and electrical products sold in Yukon must register.

Depots that collect used electronic and/or electrical products must obtain a permit from the Department of Community Services before August 1, 2017.

Public review summary

Yukoners were invited to review and provide comments on proposed changes to the Beverage Container Regulations and the Designated Materials Regulation under the Environment Act.

The public review was held September to November 2014. The feedback received was summarized in the document Comments on Proposed Changes to the Recycling System under the Environment Act. pdf icon413 KB (Also available in French.)

Contact Environmental Programs
Phone: 867-667-5683
Toll-free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):
1-800-661-0408 ext. 5683
Fax: 867-393-6213
Email: envprot@gov.yk.ca
Address: Box 2703 (V-8) Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Y1A 2C6