Recycling processors call for funding hike

Whitehorse's recycling processors are asking the city for an increase in payments they receive for diverting material from the landfill.

Whitehorse’s recycling processors are asking the city for an increase in payments they receive for diverting material from the landfill.

Raven Recycling’s executive director, Joy Snyder, spoke before council at a meeting on Monday and said the amount isn’t enough to cover costs.

The city provides $75 per tonne – an amount matched by the Yukon government last year – for recycling diversion credits up to $150,000 per year.

“In 2014, Raven and P&M will be applying for an amount $60,000 over the cap,” she said.

“In 2013 we applied for an amount around $170,000. This year, because of the cap, processors will only receive $55 per tonne rather than $75.

“Given the city’s desire to reach 50 per cent diversion by the end of the year, it would make sense to double the cap.”

Last year, the city announced its plan to divert 50 per cent of waste from the landfill site by 2015. The Yukon government has made the same pledge.

Snyder, also speaking on behalf of P&M’s Pat McInroy, said that even at $75 per tonne, the credits only subsidize about a quarter of the cost to process non-refundable materials.

There are also issues with the payment schedule, Snyder said.

Diversion credits are paid out once a year, in February.

“I suspect we’re your only service providers that have to wait 13 months to receive payment,” she told council.

Snyder said Raven is in talks with the Yukon government to come up with a processing fee that would allow the non-profit to re-open its drop-off and ease pressure on P&M, which she said was struggling to keep up with an increased volume of materials.

On Oct. 16, Raven ended its free public recycling drop-off service.

In November, the city announced plans to offer curbside recycling collection in the future.

It’s estimated households would pay $15 per month for weekly curbside recycling collection, which would cover both collection and processing of recyclable materials. It’s still unknown which companies or organizations will be involved or when the program will begin.

RELATED:

Residents divided on curbside recycling program

Whitehorse residents are on the fence when it comes to supporting a residential curbside recycling collection program, according to a recent survey.

The city heard from more than 1,900 residents, 69 per cent of whom said a curbside recycling program would make it easier for them to recycle.

But only 52 per cent of the respondents said they were willing to pay a fee to cover the costs of recycling.

In November, the city announced its plans to offer curbside recycling collection at some point in the future.

A study estimated that households would pay $15 per month for weekly curbside recycling collection.

The survey also revealed that only 11 per cent of residents would like the city to stick with the status quo.

Contact Myles Dolphin at

myles@yukon-news.com

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

Just Posted

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before conducting a test with it on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
An inside look at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre

As the active COVID-19 case count grew last week, so too did… Continue reading

Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sept. 17. The Department of Environment intends to purchase 20 semi-automatic AR-10 rifles, despite the inclusion of the weapons in a recently released ban introduced by the federal government, for peace officers, such as conservation officers. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Environment Minister defends purchase of AR-10 rifles for conservation officers

The federal list of banned firearms includes an exception for peace officers

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The K-shaped economic recovery and what Yukoners can do about it

It looks like COVID-19 will play the role of Grinch this holiday… Continue reading

Jodie Gibson has been named the 2020 Prospector of the Year by the Yukon Prospectors Association. (Submitted)
Jodie Gibson named 2020 Prospector of the Year

Annual award handed out by the Yukon Prospector’s Association

A number 55 is lit in honour of Travis Adams, who died earlier this year, at the Winter Wonderland Walk at Meadow Lakes Golf Club in Whitehorse on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
A new take on holiday traditions

Winter Wonderland Walk, virtual Stories with Santa all part of 2020 festive events in Whitehorse

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Colin McDowell, the director of land management for the Yukon government, pulls lottery tickets at random during a Whistle Bend property lottery in Whitehorse on Sept. 9, 2019. A large amount of lots are becoming available via lottery in Whistle Bend as the neighbourhood enters phase five of development. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Lottery for more than 250 new Whistle Bend lots planned for January 2021

Eight commercial lots are being tendered in additional to residential plots

The Government of Yukon Main Administration Building in Whitehorse on Aug. 21. The Canada Border Services Agency announced Nov. 26 that they have laid charges against six people, including one Government of Yukon employee, connected to immigration fraud that involved forged Yukon government documents. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Charges laid in immigration fraud scheme, warrant out for former Yukon government employee

Permanent residency applications were submitted with fake Yukon government documents

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Karen Wenkebach has been appointed as a judge for the Yukon Supreme Court. (Yukon News file)
New justice appointed

Karen Wenckebach has been appointed as a judge for the Supreme Court… Continue reading

Catherine Constable, the city’s manager of legislative services, speaks at a council and senior management (CASM) meeting about CASM policy in Whitehorse on June 13, 2019. Constable highlighted research showing many municipalities require a lengthy notice period before a delegate can be added to the agenda of a council meeting. Under the current Whitehorse procedures bylaw, residents wanting to register as delegates are asked to do so by 11 a.m. on the Friday ahead of the council meeting. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Changes continue to be contemplated for procedures bylaw

Registration deadline may be altered for delegates

Cody Pederson of the CA Storm walks around LJ’s Sabres player Clay Plume during the ‘A’ division final of the 2019 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28 in Whitehorse next year, was officially cancelled on Nov. 24 in a press release from organizers. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament cancelled

The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28… Continue reading

Lev Dolgachov/123rf
The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner stressed the need to safeguard personal information while shopping this holiday season in a press release on Nov. 24.
Information and Privacy Commissioner issues reminder about shopping

The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay stressed the need to… Continue reading

Most Read