Single-use bags surcharge (closed)
This engagement is now closed. It ran from 2019-02-25 to 2019-04-26.
Find the results
We are analyzing the feedback from the public engagement, and will share the results here once complete.
What was this engagement about?
The Government of Yukon recognizes the impact of plastic waste and has committed, along with federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers, to work towards significant reductions in waste disposal and zero plastic waste in Canada.
One way in which the Yukon government is helping decrease plastic waste is through a proposed surcharge on single-use shopping bags received at point-of-sale.
This is one of many steps that the Government of Yukon is planning to take to improve the territory’s recycling system and make it more sustainable.
The collection of fees for single-use shopping bags will contribute to making recycling more financially sustainable in Yukon and act as a disincentive for their use. Our goal is to reduce single-use shopping bag usage by 70%.
How will my input make a difference?
Your feedback will help inform the surcharge amount, timing and approach for implementation, the types of bags subject to the surcharge, and potential exemptions.