Provincial Environmental Recycling or Deposit Fees - FAQ's

What is the Provincial Environmental Recycling Fee?

Some electronics products are subject to an environmental handling fee as required by your provincial government. The collected fees are used to support provincial recycling and disposal programs. Electronics recycling fees are collected on products made with materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury, which are hazardous to people and the environment. charges an electronics recycling fee on products that are purchased in provinces or territories where we are required to do so by law. The electronics recycling fee amount varies based on product and province or territory.

What are Provincial Deposit Fees?

Some provinces require all ready-to-drink beverages sold in the province to be in recyclable or refillable containers. A bottle deposit or Container Recycling Fee (CRF) is put on some of these beverage containers. These deposit fees vary by province for different types of containers.

How are these Fees charged/displayed?

These fees are systematically displayed during the checkout process when applicable. Please note that the fees are different in each Province.

What happens if I return a product that was charged a Fee?

The fee will be refunded if you return a product for which the fee was applicable.

How are Staples retail stores administering these Fees?

The retail stores' point-of-sale system has been modified to automatically charge the appropriate fees on all products where applicable by province. These fees will be added at the point-of-sale and will be displayed on the customer's receipt as a separate line.

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Newfoundland & Labrador
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