Ontario reconsiders eco-fees

Ontario reconsiders eco-fees

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

In Ontario, officials are planning an overhaul of a controversial set of fees meant to pay for the recycling of some consumer products.

The Canadian province implemented its "eco fee" program in July of 2010. The program tacked on a charge ranging from a penny to a few dollars for certain recyclable items. However, the Liberal-led provincial government found itself with a public relations crisis after consumers reacted negatively to finding the unexpected charges on their receipts. In the aftermath, the provincial government overhauled the fees, leaving them in place only for electronics and tires.

Since the initial snafu, the fees have become a political football.

Now, legislation is being introduced by Jim Bradley, Ontario's Environment Minister, that would prohibit companies and retailers from charging the recycling fees separately, reports the Toronto Star.

"It's a cost of doing business... there's no need to be plunking it on as a separate fee as though it's some kind of penalty," Bradley told reporters at a press conference.

The government is reconsidering the fees, in part, because they are slated to rise sharply on some televisions and farm tires.

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