Thursday, July 10, 2008

Electronic Tax

The province of Ontario has decided to charge a recycling levy on electronics. They range from $10 on a TV to $13 for a desktop computer.

I don't know if these fees will change behavior or cover the cost of recycling. Ten bucks on a $1500 TV is hardly going to make people think twice about buying it or how they'll throw it out. Just another tax disguised as a green initiative. There must be better policy options out there.

5 comments:

AY@tes said...

I think that it'll depend on the person. I live on the east coast (of Canada) and I called our Solid Waste commission to enquire about what to do with my old television. I figured that they would know of a recycling program close by where I could properly dispose of it. Their words to me "put it with the rest of the garbage."

I was a little disappointed by that.

BBC said...

I recycled some computers not long ago, but they charge so much I won't do it again. And if they are sending them to China all that is doing is polluting that country more, have you read how they do it over there?

FeButterfly said...

I have read some stories about how they "recycle" electronics in China and other developing countries. Not exactly the best method...

AY@tes said...

How do they recycle them? I'm curious now.

FeButterfly said...

See the URL in my name for details about how they are recycled.