Department of Environment


The Government of Yukon is committed to encourage and support waste reduction, diversion and recycling. These efforts help keep hazardous chemicals out of our environment, allow for re-use of valuable resources and saves landfill space.

Changes to recycling surcharges

On October 1, 2018, new surcharges for tires, electronic and electrical products sold in Yukon will apply. These changes are based on information from established systems in other Canadian jurisdictions and consultation with Yukoners.

The Government of Yukon is committed to working with Yukoners to support a smooth transition to this new system.

See below for information on retailer responsibilities, products and surcharges, how to obtain permits and frequently asked questions. Please refer to the Designated Materials Regulation for full details available online under the Environment Act. If you have any additional questions about the Designated Materials Regulation, please contact the Department of Environment at 867-667-5683 or

Retailer responsibilities

The amended regulation creates four new responsibilities. Please refer to the letters to retailers (tires, electronics/electrical products) for more details.

1. Register: Those who manufacture, distribute or sell tires/electronics/electrical products in Yukon must register. If you already have an active permit it will be automatically converted and you will be notified. If you are unsure if you have a permit, please contact us at the number below.

2. Remit: Remittance of the surcharge is required on all units supplied into Yukon, effective October 1, 2018. If you are supplying tires for which the supplier/distributor has already collected the surcharge, then you are required to keep records regarding these transactions.

3. Report: Producers are required to report on the number of new tires sold to accompany the remittance.

4. Record: All producers must keep records including: the total number and type of products, the total surcharges collected, and the name and contact information for other producers to whom the producer has purchased product from or sold product to. Please be advised that an environmental protection officer may request copies of these records at any time. Records must be maintained for six years.

How to register and obtain permits


Manufacturers, distributors and retailers of tires sold in Yukon must register:

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.

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.

Surcharge chart

Electronic products


Desktop computers


Portable computers


Computer accessories


Desktop printers/fax machine/copiers


Display (≤ 29") (including all-in-one)


Display (30” to 45”) (including all-in-one)


Display (≥ 46”) (including all-in-one)


Cellular devices and pagers


Non-cellular phones and answering machines


Personal or portable image/audio/video systems


Home audio/video systems


Home theatre-in-a-box


Vehicle audio/video systems (aftermarket)


Electrical products


Kitchen countertop - motorized


Kitchen countertop - heating


Kitchen countertop - heating -coffee/tea


All microwaves


Time measurement


Weight measurement


Garment care


Air treatment appliances


Personal care appliances


Full-size floor cleaning devices


Small floor cleaning devices


Tires - Category



Medium truck tires:

Tires with a rim diameter of greater than 49.53 cm (19.5 inches) for use on larger vehicles licensed for highway use including semi-trailers, transport trucks, buses and trailers.



Industrial/off-the-road (OTR) tires:

Tires for use on industrial vehicles or industrial equipment that are not licensed for highway use, including equipment and vehicles for excavation, hauling, loading, logging, and materials handling, but excluding agricultural vehicles and equipment.

Small industrial / OTR tires with a rim diameter of at least 20.32 cm (8 inches) up to and including 60.96 cm (24 inches)


Medium industrial / OTR tires with a rim diameter of greater than 60.96 cm (24 inches) up to and including 83.82 cm (33 inches)


Large industrial / OTR tires with a rim diameter of greater than 83.82 cm (33 inches) up to and including 99.06 cm (39 inches)


Passenger car and light truck tires:

Tires with a rim diameter of 49.53 cm (19.5 inches) or less for use on cars and light and medium trucks, including multipurpose passenger vehicles such as sport and crossover utility vehicles.



Specialty, industrial and other tires:

Tires with a rim diameter of at least 20.32 cm (8 inches) up to and including 60.96 cm (24 inches) for use on for use on vehicles such as skid steers, forklifts and mini-loaders.



Recreational vehicle tires:

Tires with a rim diameter of at least 20.32 cm (8 inches) up to and including 60.96 cm (24 inches) for use on recreational vehicles and trailers, including motorcycles (on and off-road), ATVs, golf carts, lawn tractors, travel trailers and boat trailers.




Recycling and waste management frequently asked questions

Why is the Government of Yukon changing recycling programs?

Expanding recycling programs in Yukon will help modernize the Yukon’s waste management system, by reducing the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills in a financially sustainable manner. In Yukon, the government continues to subsidize recycling. By applying these surcharges, we help offset the costs of collecting and recycling these items, and ensure the majority of the costs is borne by the consumers of these products, rather than taxpayers.

In 2009, Yukon signed on to the Canada-wide Action Plan for Extended Producer Responsibility. This plan identified several high priority items—like electronic products—which should be kept out of landfills. Changes to the Designated Materials Regulation are our first step toward implementing surcharges and improving recycling on those high priority items.

What happens to my end-of-life tires and electronics? What about the carbon footprint that comes with sending our recyclables down south?

The Government of Yukon transports tires to recycling facilities outside of Yukon, where tires can be repurposed into usable, marketable items such as playground surfaces, road paving material, patio blocks, mats and other products. Electronic and electrical items are broken down into component parts. Plastics, metals and glass are recycled and valuable parts like copper and computer chips may be reused.

Recyclable materials are generally hauled out of Yukon on backhauls that would otherwise be empty. This helps us reduce our carbon footprint. Generally, the environmental impact of hauling these materials south is less than the environmental impact of producing new products.

Why apply recycling surcharges? Isn't this another tax?

The recycling system in Yukon relies on a consumer-pay principle. This means that the consumer of a designated material (e.g., a new tire or display screen) bears the financial responsibility for its end-of-life disposal. Surcharges collected are only used for the recycling of designated materials. Recycling surcharges are not a tax. Fees collected fund the Recycling Fund for the management of end-of-life designated materials, including the collection, transportation and processing costs of these materials. Surcharges transfer the cost of recycling from the general taxpayer to individual consumer.

I live in a community – will these fees help manage the stockpile of e-waste and tires at my local landfill?

Yes, the surcharges collected on designated materials will support recycling services and management across the territory. The Government of Yukon, through fees collected in the Recycling Fund, will continue to support the reduction of stockpiled designated materials at community landfills, while also supporting management of these products into the future.

What about tipping fees charged at the City of Whitehorse landfill and recycling depots? Will I get a refund?

Tipping fees will be eliminated on designated materials throughout the territory. As materials become ‘designated’ under the Regulation, the point-of-purchase surcharge is used to support its end-of-life management.

Refunds are only provided for beverage containers. The entire surcharge applied to tires, electronic and electrical products is used to transport and recycle those products.

How were the fees determined?

The categories align with those in British Columbia and Alberta. The surcharges are slightly higher than other jurisdictions. This is due to the distance of Yukon from recycling processors, and also due to the need to be adequate to cover the backlog.

How will the Government of Yukon make sure all retailers and distributors, including those online, charge a surcharge?

The Government of Yukon has procedures in place to ensure proper financial and material management of designated materials and associated surcharges. The government is committed to creating a level playing field for our local retailers, and this includes ensuring that retailers and manufacturers of designated materials are registered with the government and collecting and remitting fees.

We are partnering with the Electronic Products Recycling Association, an industry led, not-for-profit organization, to manage the registration and surcharge collection process for in- and out-of-territory retailers.

When a consumer makes an online purchase, their Yukon shipping address will trigger the inclusion of the applicable surcharge for the product purchased. EPRA will collect the surcharge and forward it to Yukon’s Recycling Fund.


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