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How is the program funded?

The LightRecycle program is funded by environmental handling fees applied to the sale of new lighting products in BC. As of October 1, 2012, fees apply to the sale or supply of all lights/lamps, ballasts and fixtures including retail, industrial, commercial and institutional sales. The fee rates vary by product type. The recycling fees are used to cover program costs, including managing the collection, transportation and recycling system for returned products.

Manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers may include the environmental handling fee in the product price or display it as a separate charge to purchasers. The fee is not a government tax and the fee itself is not remitted to government. The fee is subject to sales tax as it is considered to be a part of the price of regulated products.

For more details, including fee rates, please refer to the Environmental Handling Fees page.