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A ban on plastic shopping bags starts January 1, 2022.

The first step to reducing single-use products in the territory.


News release #: 21-370

Ban on single-use shopping bags coming to the Yukon

Published 01/10/2021The Yukon is entering a new era of more responsible waste management. Disposing of waste is expensive and negatively impacts our environment. Single-use products like plastic and paper bags are resource-intensive and their production, transportation and disposal cause pollution and emissions.

Starting January 1, 2022, single-use plastic shopping bags will be banned in the Yukon. One year later, on January 1, 2023, single-use paper bags will also be banned across the territory. These are the initial steps towards a broader ban of single-use plastics in the Yukon and reflect feedback received following engagement with Yukoners and Yukon businesses. This direction aligns with the Government of Canada’s plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030 through the Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste.

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