Recycling in the Yukon territory

Learn more about the Yukon’s transition to extended producer responsibility.

Your recycling program

New regulations in the Yukon territory shift the financial and operational responsibility for recycling from local governments to the organizations that produce and sell packaging and paper.

Circular Materials is the not-for-profit producer responsibility organization responsible for implementing and managing the new extended producer responsibility (EPR) system in the Yukon territory.

The transition to this new framework is expected to begin in 2025.

Program Resources

Program-related resources and information.

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Regulation

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Engagement Discussion Paper

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EPR in the Yukon Overview

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What We Heard Report

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Draft Stewardship Plan

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Transition Timeline

The anticipated timeline for the Yukon’s implementation of full extended producer responsibility is below.

January 24, 2024

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulation released.

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.

2025

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

FAQs

Check out our FAQs below to find out more about Yukon’s recycling program. If you have any further questions, please contact us at info@circularmaterials.ca.


In January 2024, the Government of Yukon released a new regulation which introduces an extended producer responsibility (EPR) framework for packaging and paper products (PPP) in the territory. EPR shifts the financial and operational responsibility of recycling programs to producers – those that produce and supply packaging and paper materials to residents. EPR enables innovation, operational efficiencies and increased standard levels.

Under this new framework, Circular Materials is the national not-for-profit producer responsibility organization responsible for implementing and managing the new recycling system in the Yukon.

EPR is recognized as one of the most effective mechanisms to improve recycling rates and advance a circular economy where materials are collected, recycled and returned to producers for use as recycled content in new packaging and products.

Historically, the Yukon’s recycling program was operated by local governments that were responsible for paying the full costs. Now, under the EPR Regulation, the Yukon is transitioning to a new model where producers – the organizations that produce the products and packaging – are fully responsible for operating and funding the program.

The Extended Producer Responsibility Regulation was passed by the Government of Yukon on January 25, 2024.

Circular Materials will engage in consultation with impacted stakeholders to gather feedback that will help shape the EPR framework. Local governments will receive information regarding the next steps to participation as they become available.

After the program is launched, Circular Materials will introduce a more convenient, consistent and effective recycling program that will improve recovery rates across the Yukon territory – a change that will not only benefit people, but also our planet.

As a national not-for-profit producer responsibility organization (PRO), Circular Materials’ role is to work directly with the government, local stakeholders and First Nations to support producers in meeting obligations under the EPR regulation. Circular Materials is committed to building an efficient and effective recycling system in the Territory and across many other provinces in Canada and delivering a best-in-class system that meets the needs of residents.

As per the regulation, Circular Materials will consult on and submit a Stewardship Plan that provides reasonable and free access to collection services or facilities (Depots).

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What is EPR?

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) creates effective recycling programs that contribute to a circular economy.

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