I don't usually reference stories I write for my day job on my blog, but I did want to make an exception because this is a story that the mainstream media seem to have largely missed. And if you're considering buying a computer or television in Ontario in the next little while, you'll want to know about it :
As of April 1st, most electronics products, from computers and monitors to peripherals, sold in Ontario will accrue a recycling fee that VARs and resellers will need to pass on to their customers, and may need to collect, report and remit to Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), the organization responsible for implementing the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program Plan for the Ontario government.
The first phase of the WEEE program covers desktop computers, laptops, computer peripherals, monitors, televisions and printers, with fees ranging from $13.44 for a desktop computer to 32 cents for a computer mouse.
The article is written toward our computer reseller audience, but for consumers it means in Ontario, come April 1st, you'll be paying an extra $13.44 for a desktop computer and $10.07 for a TV. So, if you've been thinking of buying, you may want to buy before April 1st. (No joke, that's the implementation date.)
Or if you're near the border, shop in Quebec instead. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers