Monday, December 04, 2006

Sask: Environmental tax for electronics

Looks like Saskatchewan is the first out of the gate with an electronics recycling program. Trying to reduce the amount of electronic waste in landfills is worthwhile but I wonder if this program will get us there. Unlike bottles and cans, there is no incentive to take the old TV in to the recycling depot. As of February we'll be paying up to $45 more for TVs, but we don't get any of that back if we bring in the carcass 10 years later. Will we be paying more for electronics only to see the old stuff in landfills anyway?

3 comments:

Money Bags4Me said...

All pain, no gain.

Now that's how you give mother earth a hug.

R.S. Porter said...

Great another cash grab by the socialist government, who'd have guessed.

Scott Hennig said...

In Alberta, they have a huge surplus because people are buying new TV's and they have no way of recycling them yet.

So far it's just been a tax grab. if they want to make sure people bring back their electronics, it should be a deposit system and not just a fee.

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