Packaging and paper extended producer responsibility in the Yukon.

Program overview

The Government of Yukon has announced a new extended producer responsibility (EPR) framework for packaging and paper. A new regulation came into effect on January 25, 2024, with the transition to EPR launching in October 2025.

Transition timeline

The anticipated timeline for the Yukon’s transition to full extended producer responsibility is shown below.

Q2 2024

Circular Materials will engage with stakeholders and First Nations on elements of the Stewardship Plan.

September 25, 2024

Stewardship Plan submitted to the Ministry of Environment.

May 31, 2025

Yukon 2024 data due.


Expected program launch date based on approval of the Stewardship Plan.


The Extended Producer Responsibility Regulation for Yukon was published on January 25, 2024. Circular Materials will act as a producer responsibility organization (PRO) to support producers in meeting their regulatory requirements in the Yukon, including submitting a stewardship plan. Producers will be notified when registration for Yukon is open.

To be exempt under the Regulation, you must be a small producer who:

  1. is a registered charity, or
  2. had a gross revenue in Yukon in the most recently completed year of less than $1,000,000, or
  3. imported into or supplied in Yukon in the most recently completed year less than one tonne of designated materials in the packaging and paper products category.

Small producers must keep records which demonstrate they are a small producer.

Packaging: primary packaging, convenience packaging, transport packaging.

Paper: flyers, brochures, booklets, catalogues, telephone directories, newspapers, magazines, paper fibre, paper used for copying, writing or any other general use; paper of any other description.

Single-use products: product, other than packaging, that is ordinarily disposed of after a single use or short-term use, whether or not it could be reused. E.g., straws, utensils, plates, bowls, cups, party supplies, food containers, foil and wraps, bags, boxes.

Materials not included:

  • Beverage container within the meaning of the Beverage Container Regulation.
  • A health, hygiene, safety or paper product the recycling of which could become unsafe or unsanitary because of the anticipated use of the product.
  • Bound reference books, literary books and textbooks.
  • A product that is not made primarily from paper, glass, metal or plastic, or a combination of these materials.
  • A container that is included in the hazardous and special products category.

Does this regulation
apply to you?

Learn more about how Circular Materials can support you to
meet your extended producer responsibility obligations in
the Yukon.

Contact us at info@circularmaterials.ca.

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