Government of Yukon passes the amendments to the Environment Act

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Bill No. 28, amendments to the Environment Act, today received assent in the Yukon Legislative Assembly.

Amendments to the Act are required to fully implement Extended Producer Responsibility across the territory. The amendments to the Act help ensure that the Government of Yukon can establish an effective producer hierarchy, exempt certain producers from the Extended Producer Responsibility system and capture producers outside of the Yukon under the new regulation.

It is expected that the regulation will be in place this winter, followed by a two-year implementation period. This allows time for the Extended Producer Responsibility program plans to be developed and approved.

Implementing Extended Producer Responsibility by 2025 is a Yukon government commitment under Our Clean Future: A Yukon strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy.

Implementing Extended Producer Responsibility helps to modernize the Yukon’s waste management and recycling regime. This waste diversion system will reduce costs for governments and Yukon taxpayers, and contribute to a healthier, more sustainable future by reducing waste and its related greenhouse gas emissions.

Minister of Environment Nils Clarke

Quick facts 
  • Extended Producer Responsibility is an environmental and economic policy approach to waste management. It means that the producers of products and packaging must make sure these materials are properly managed when they reach the end of their life cycle.

  • Extended Producer Responsibility is a framework that supports the private sector to take over the collection and recovery of waste.

  • Implementing Extended Producer Responsibility fulfils climate action I14 under Our Clean Future.

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications

Chantelle Rivest
Communications, Environment

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