Joy Snyder, picture by Whitehorse Star
Local recycling processors are welcoming last Thursday’s announcement by the Yukon government committing up to $717,010 to diversion credits and increase to processing fees on recyclable beverage containers.
Diversion credits are funding provided to recyclers for non-refundable recyclable waste, in recognition that they are keeping that waste out of the landfill. The amount each recycler receives in diversion credits is based on the weight of recyclables they ship out.
The 2015/16 fiscal year saw the territory commit up to $573,000 to the credits, while the city added an additional $57,300 to the $150,000 for the diversion credits it provides.