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New recycling fees for employers: the mandate results are in!

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The results are in, with the majority opposing new fees on business owners for packaging and printed papers.

Recently, we asked your opinion on recycling taxes. The Yukon government is exploring new ways to manage waste, one of which is to charge businesses an additional fee for the recycling of packaging and printed paper (e.g. cardboard, plastic, Styrofoam, newsprint, menus, and magazines).

Our members in Yukon Territory are strongly against this policy, with 76% against it, 18% in support, and 6% undecided.

Should businesses in the Yukon pay an additional fee for the recycling of packaging and printed paper (e.g. cardboard, newsprint) they sell or use?

Source: CFIB Mandate 271, results for Yukon Territory, 2018. n=18.

What has the government done so far?

So far, the Yukon Government has made some changes to recycling surcharges, but on different items than we surveyed. On October 1, 2018, new surcharges for ties, electronic, and electrical products sold in Yukon will come into effect. Retailers who manufacture, distribute, or sell these products must register.

In addition, retailers must remit the surcharge, report the number of items sold to accompany the remittance, and record the number and type of products and total surcharges collected. For more information, visit the Yukon Government’s web post on the new policy.

Moving forward:

Going forward, we will communicate your needs with the Yukon Government. New fees for the recycling of packaging and printed paper on the shoulders of small business is not the right choice, and alternatives should be considered.

If your business is having any issues with recycling, or any other business related inquiries, please do not hesitate to reach out to our business counsellors at 1 888 234-2232.