Raven cheers planned new recycling rules

Updating Yukon's recycling fee regime is a long time coming, says Joy Snyder, executive director of the Raven Recycling Society.

Updating Yukon’s recycling fee regime is a long time coming, says Joy Snyder, executive director of the Raven Recycling Society.

Last week the government announced proposed changes to recycling fees, including higher fees for beverage containers at the point of purchase and new fees for some tires, electronics and appliances.

The beverage container regulation advisory committee recommended similar action in 2006, 2009 and 2013, said Snyder.

“So for it to come forward now is wonderful, although slow.”

The action committee represents recyclers, pop wholesalers, retailers and community depots, she said.

Under the new proposed rules, the recycling fee for all beverage containers less than a litre would go up to 15 cents from 10. The refund would remain five cents. Containers for dairy and dairy alternatives would be included for the first time.

Yukon’s beverage container rules haven’t been updated since 1992, except to add Tetra Paks to the regime 10 years ago.

“When we came out with the beverage container regulations in 1992 the Yukon government was ahead of the game, but since then we’ve fallen behind,” said Snyder.

Beverage containers only cover about 13 per cent of recyclable materials, said Snyder.

“What us depots and processors would like to see is that the government brings on more programs to deal with more materials. For other recyclables, we’re still covering most of the cost to recycle that.”

Some things, like computers, printers, stereos, microwaves and vacuums, will have new fees attached to them as part of the proposed new rules.

“There’s so many other items that could be included in that, and we should be moving forward on that,” said Snyder.

People are happy to pay for recycling at the point of purchase, when they want to buy something, but not so much when they’re throwing it away, she said.

“By then it’s garbage, and you’re like, ‘Well, why do I have to pay for my garbage?’”

The other great thing about point-of-purchase fees is it forces producers to take the costs of recycling into account, said Snyder.

“He’s been happily making packaging, with great glee, and hasn’t paid a cost at all.”

But with new consumer fees, “He says, ‘Maybe I don’t want so much packaging, because it’s going to increase the cost of my product, and then people aren’t going to buy it.’”

The Yukon government will accept feedback on the proposed changes through Nov. 21. Details of the proposed fees and the online survey can be found on the Environment Yukon website.

Contact Jacqueline Ronson at

jronson@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The aesthetics and economics of highway strips

One of the many cultural experiences you enjoy while driving from Whitehorse… Continue reading

Submitted
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone.
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone. (Submitted)
Yukon kids express gratitude for nature, pets and friends in art campaign

More than 50 children submitted artwork featuring things they are grateful for

Team Yukon skip Laura Eby, left, directs her team as Team Northern Ontario skip Krysta Burns looks on at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary on Feb. 22. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)
Team Yukon reports positive experience at Scotties

Team Yukon played their final game at the national championship in Calgary on Thursday afternoon

A sign indicating a drop-off area behind Selkirk Elementary school in Whitehorse on Feb. 25. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Parking lot proposal for Selkirk Elementary criticized

Parents and school council are raising concerns about green space and traffic woes

adsf
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Feb. 26, 2021

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

The Blood Ties outreach van will now run seven nights a week, thanks to a boost in government funding. Logan Godin, coordinator, and Jesse Whelen, harm reduction counsellor, are seen here on May 12, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Blood Ties outreach van running seven nights a week with funding boost

The Yukon government is ramping up overdose response, considering safe supply plan

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

David Malcolm, 40, has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm a police officer after an incident in Whitehorse on Feb. 18. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man resists arrest, assaults officer

A Whitehorse man has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm… Continue reading

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on Aug. 4, 2020. A site on Robert Service Way near the Alaska Highway has been selected as the future home of Yukon Energy’s energy storage project. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Site selected for Yukon Energy battery project

Planned to be in service by the end of 2022

Most Read