Earlier this week, Quebec rolled out its new green fee for electronics. Consumers will pay $40 when they purchase a new television, smartphone, laptop or printer. The fee will help cover the cost of recycling that product at the end of its life.
While this might be a change for Quebec, green fees are hardly anything new for many Canadians. Consumers in provinces across the country have been contributing to the end-of-life disposal of their electronics, but not all of us may know exactly how that money pays for the recycling process.
What does the fee pay for?
While each province may handle the specific recycling process a little differently, they generally have the same major steps: by paying the recycling fee at the beginning of your electronic device's life, you can drop it off for free at a designated recycling facility or pick-up point to have it disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way.
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