There are calls for more regulation of B.C.’s recycling stewards after several industry-run agencies reported millions in cash reserves. The agencies that run the programs are set up as non-profits and tasked with setting and collecting the fees, which by law we all have to pay.
The fees range from pennies to $40 depending on what is being recycled. for example, you pay a 12 cent recycling fee for a wine bottle, 15 cents for a screw-in fluorescent bulb, $2.25 for a desktop computer and as much as $40 for a lawn tractor.
The money is used to cover the cost of recycling but some of the same people who run the programs are sitting on huge cash reserves.