Ontario to drop eco fee

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 , Posted by TJ at 12:40 AM

The Ontario government will scrap its controversial eco fee on Tuesday in a bid to quell consumer confusion and frustration from major retailers.

CBC has confirmed that Environment Minister John Gerretsen will announce that the fees retailers started charging on thousands of new products on July 1 will be eliminated.

A source said a waste-diversion program will continue.

Canadian Tire announced Monday that customers wouldn't be charged eco fees starting Tuesday. The company says the program is too complex and was mishandled by both government and businesses.

The government gave Stewardship Ontario the power to collect fees to fund a recycling program that diverts potentially hazardous items — such as fire extinguishers, household cleaners and paint — from Ontario's landfills.

But there was no public warning that the eco fee, which was introduced in 2008, would be slapped on thousands of new items this month.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/07/19/eco-fee-ontario.html?ref=rss#ixzz0uCqJX800

Im sure that it had nothing to do with the fact that it was an illegal tax. Or that they thought that the people would be caught sleeping, but were wrong.

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