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Designated Materials Regulation (DMR)

 

Click here to access the Government of Yukon survey on proposed

amendments to the Designated Materials Regulation.

Survey runs until February 1, 2018.

 
 

 

What is the DMR?

The Designated Materials Regulation (DMR) is a product stewardship program designed to fund the processing and disposal of "designated materials." The DMR sets a fee on the sale of these designated products to cover the cost of recycling those products. This program is similar to the Beverage Container Regulation (BCR) that funds recycling of refundable beverage containers (recently amended to include milk and milk substitutes). 

Since it's inception in 2003, the DMR in Yukon has only covered passenger vehicle tires. Consumers are required to pay a $5 surcharge per tire when purchasing new tires, and this is used to support the handling, transporting and recycling of tires at their end of life.

 

Proposed changes to the DMR

Updates are being proposed to the DMR that will increase the up front fee on tires, as well as add new fees for electronics and electrical products.   

Tires

Tires take up considerable space in landfills and create human health and fire hazards. Due to their size, tires are expensive to transport and, because metal is often embedded within the rubber, tires are also difficult and costly to recycle. 

New surcharges will be charged on all tires sold in Yukon, and will be based on tire rim size. These new fees will better reflect the cost of recycling these products. Landfills would no longer charge a tipping fee for disposal of tires.

Electronics and electrical products

Electronics (e.g computers, printers, phones) and electrical products (e.g microwaves, vaccums, kitchen countertop appliances) now form a significant part of the waste stream. These products not only contain heavy metals and hazardous chemicals but also may contain valuable materials such as gold that can be reused if recaptured.

Changes to the DMR would bring in up front fees to cover the cost of recycling electronics and electrical products. These fees would replace existing disposal fees for electronics.

Organizations such as Computers for Schools (CFS) would not be significantly affected by the changes. Every other province across Canada excluding Nunavut has both electronic waste regulations and a branch of CFS. In all these cases having regulations on electronics has not affected the number of donations that CFS receives. CFS does not currently collect or charge a fee for electronics from the public.

 

Why we need product stewardship (BCR and DMR)

There are only two product stewardship programs in place in the Yukon, the BCR and the DMR, neither of which is self-sustaining. Because these programs only collect funds for a small number of products, neither of them have managed to support the recycling of other products collected such as larger tires or electronic waste. Processors like Raven Recycling have always cross-subsidized revenues from BCR materials to offset the high cost of recycling non-stewardship items.

As the costs of managing, processing and transporting recyclable materials have increased in the 25 years since the BCR surcharge system was established, recent amendments to the BCR (adding milk containers), as well as adding larger tires and electronic waste to the DMR, will make more resources available for recycling programs, processors and community depots.

These stewardship programs create an incentive for recycling and clear handling procedures for designated materials. Raven Recycling believes that product stewardship programs in the Yukon should be extended to a wide variety of other materials as they are across Canada. Currently there are programs in place in all other provinces to fund recycling of other materials, including printed paper, packaging, waste oil, antifreeze, lead-acid batteries and hazardous waste. 

 

Public engagement on amendments to the DMR

The Government of Yukon is currently performing a survey on the proposed changes to the Designated Materials Regulation. We strongly urge anyone with thoughts or concerns about these new DMR changes to visit engageyukon.ca and take the survey.

 

 

Click here to access the Government of Yukon survey on proposed

amendments to the Designated Materials Regulation.

Survey runs until February 1, 2018.

 

 

For more information on the Designated Materials Regulation, contact 

Environmental Programs Branch (V-8)
Department of Environment
Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

Phone: (867) 667 - 5683

Toll free: 1-800-661-0408 ext 5683
e-mail: envprot@gov.yk.ca
web: www.env.gov.yk.ca