Recycling surcharges on tires, electronics and electrical items

This engagement is now closed.

It ran from 2017-12-08 to 2018-02-01.

Check below for where to find results.

Results at a glance 

Overall, we received mixed feedback from interested stakeholders and the public on the proposed categories and surcharge amounts. Just under half preferred that we match categories from another jurisdiction, while just under half said to use the categories in the proposed regulation. Industry recommended we match Alberta or B.C.’s categories.

Survey respondents showed a marginal preference for the proposed surcharge schedule, while industry suggested surcharges should match those from neighboring jurisdictions.

Survey results at a glance:

For tires:

  • 46 per cent supported matching the categories from another jurisdiction
  • 42 per cent supported using the proposed categories
  • 12 per cent preferred proposing alternative categories

Of those (46 per cent) that supported using categories from another jurisdiction:

  • 62 per cent preferred Alberta’s approach
  • 34 per cent preferred B.C.’s approach
  • 4 per cent had no preference between B.C. and Alberta

For electronic and electrical products:

  • 56 per cent supported using the proposed categories
  • 30 per cent supported matching the categories from another jurisdiction
  • 14 per cent preferred proposing alternative categories

Of those (30 per cent) that supported using categories from another jurisdiction:

  • 79 per cent preferred Alberta’s approach
  • 12 per cent preferred B.C.’s approach
  • 4 per cent preferred either Alberta’s or B.C.’s approach
  • 5 per cent gave some other response

Approximately 100 people attended face-to-face workshops and there were 323 responses to the online survey. In addition, nine participants from six Yukon communities participated in a teleconference set up specifically for representatives of Yukon municipalities.

What was this engagement about? 

We are modernizing Yukon’s recycling system by amending the Designated Materials Regulation. The changes will apply surcharges on electronic and electrical products at the point of purchase. The surcharges you already pay on new tires will change and new tire categories will be added. The goal of these changes is to encourage people to take their old tires, electronics and electrical items to the landfill or recycling depot and keep these items out of Yukon’s wild spaces, while also balancing the needs of retailers and businesses.

We want to hear your views on which products should be included, how much surcharges should be, and when these changes should come into effect.  

How will my input make a difference? 

Your feedback helped us decide on the product categories, surcharge amounts and implementation date that work best for Yukoners. 

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