Jul 08, 2019
An Environmental Handling Fee (EHF), or eco-fee, is considered the “cost of doing good”. It’s applied on the sale of all new electronic products. The EHF is neither a tax nor a refundable deposit. However, it varies from item to item depending on the actual cost of recycling the materials that make up the electronic product. During checkout, you may notice the EHF if you purchased products in the electronic recycling program. The eco-fee is also refundable if you return the product according to the applicable policy.
All revenue generated from the program is used to finance the recovery and recycling of included products once they reach the end of their useful life. The funds are used to cover the costs involved in the safe and responsible recycling of electronics. An EHF may be used for collecting, transporting, or administration of the recycling and disposal program for e-waste or products containing substances that are hazardous to the environment.
An EHF is administered by approved electronic recycling programs in each province in an effort to keep reclaimable waste out of landfills and protect the environment. This fee is not remitted to the government, but rather to non-profit organizations that run the recycling programs. That said, the eco-fee is taxable since it’s added to the product retail price on a customer invoice before taxes.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about environmental handling fees:
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