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Announcement

About Eco-Fees

by User Not Found | Nov 13, 2012
For BC Customers

What are eco-fees?

Eco-fees are additional fees applied to certain products to help pay for the costs involved in properly recycling these products. As of October 1, Product Care’s BC LightRecycle program requires that eco-fees be applied to all new lamps, ballasts and fixtures. These fees will be subject to sales tax, as it is considered to be a part of the price of regulated products.


Why does Quality Wholesale charge eco-fees?

The British Columbia Recycling Regulation requires retailers, distributors and manufacturers of all lamps, ballasts and fixtures sold into the residential, commercial and industrial sectors in BC to be part of an approved stewardship program, such as Product Care’s BC LightRecycle program. By being a member of Product Care and charging eco-fees we are able to comply with these regulations and fulfill our legal obligations.


Does Quality Wholesale profit from eco-fees?

No. All eco-fees are paid to Product Care. We simply collect the fees on their behalf.


What do eco-fees pay for?

These fees will be used by Product Care, a non-profit industry association, to fund all program costs including the collection, transportation and recycling of end-of-life products to ensure all generators can recycle these products at the end of their life without charge, as required by the BC Recycling Regulation.


How much do eco-fees cost consumers?

The following table provides eco-fee rates for Product Care’s BC LightRecycle program.

Product Category Fee Category Fee

Lamps

 1. Fluorescent/Induction Tubes measuring ≤ 2 feet (typical size: 2 feet)

 $ 0.20

 2. Fluorescent/Induction Tubes measuring > 2 feet and ≤ 4 feet (typical size: 4 feet)

 $ 0.40

 3. Fluorescent/Induction Tubes measuring > 4 feet (typical size: 8 feet)

 $ 0.80

 4. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)/ Screw-In Induction Lamps

 $ 0.15

 5. Light Emitting Diodes (LED)

 $ 0.15

 6. High Intensity Discharge and Other: HID, UV, Germicidal, UHP, Neon etc.

 $ 1.10

 7. Incandescent / Halogen

 $ 0.05

 8. Miniature Bulb Package

 $ 0.10

Fixtures

 9. Designated Small Fixtures/Decorative Light Strings: flashlights, night lights, bike lights, Christmas light strings etc.

 $ 0.15

 10. Fixture Category A: portable, small outdoor, decorative, light commercial, emergency, chandeliers, ceiling fans, linear fixtures etc.

 $ 0.15

 11.Fixture Category B: non-linear, commercial and industrial etc.

 $ 0.15

 12. Large Outdoor Fixtures: flood, sports, highway, street etc.

 $ 0.15

Ballasts

 13. Lighting Ballasts/Transformers: (not integrated into lamps or fixtures)

 $ 0.15



Which Quality Wholesale products are affected by eco-fees?

The following table provides all Quality Wholesale products that have eco-fees applied to them and the cost of those fees.

Item # Product Fee

342100

PRO LIGHT 2 T5 HO KIT   2 LAMP   3" H X 9" W X 4' L

$ 0.80

342101

PRO LIGHT 4 T5 HO KIT   4 LAMP   3" H X 14.5" W X 4' L

$ 1.60

342102

PRO LIGHT 6 T5 HO KIT   6 LAMP   3" H X 19.5" W X 4' L

$ 2.40

342103

PRO LIGHT 8 T5 HO KIT   8 LAMP   3" H X 25.5" W X 4' L

$ 3.20

342105

PRO LIGHT 12 T5 HO KIT  12 LAMP   2.95" H X 34" W X 46.25' L

$ 4.80

342110

PRO LIGHT 2 T5 HO KIT   2 LAMP MINI   3" H X 9" W X 2' L

$ 0.40

342111

PRO LIGHT 4 T5 HO KIT   4 LAMP MINI   3" H X 14.5" W X 2' L

$ 0.80

342113

PRO LIGHT 8 T5 HO KIT   8 LAMP MINI   3" H X 25.5" W X 2' L

$ 1.60

342200

PRO LIGHT GROW BULB T5 HO   54W - 4'

$ 0.40

342201

PRO LIGHT GROW BULB T5 HO   24W - 2'

$ 0.20

342380

LE PREMIUM SWITCHABLE BALLAST ADJUST-A-WATT 1000W MH / HPS

$ 0.15

342390

LE PREMIUM SWITCHABLE BALLAST KIT QUAD TAP   1000W MH / HPS

$ 0.15

342400

LE PREMIUM SWITCHABLE BALLAST KIT   1000W MH / HPS

$ 0.15

342401

LE PREMIUM BALLAST KIT   600W HPS

$ 0.15

342402

LE PREMIUM SWITCHABLE BALLAST KIT   400W MH / HPS

$ 0.15

342410

LE E Z SWITCHABLE BALLAST KIT   1000W MH / HPS

$ 0.15

342415

LE REAL STEEL SWITCHABLE BALLAST   1000W MH / HPS

$ 0.15

342420

LE BARE BALLAST   1000W HPS

$ 0.15

342430

LE BARE BALLAST   1000W MH

$ 0.15

342440

LE ELECTRONIC BALLAST   1000W

$ 0.15

342441

LE ELECTRONIC BALLAST   600W

$ 0.15

342442

LE ELECTRONIC BALLAST   400W

$ 0.15

342470

LE R ELECTRONIC BALLAST   1000W

$ 0.15

342471

LE R ELECTRONIC BALLAST   600W

$ 0.15

342480

LE R ELECTRONIC BALLAST ADJUST-A-WATT PLUS   1000W

$ 0.15

342481

LE R ELECTRONIC BALLAST ADJUST-A-WATT PLUS   600W

$ 0.15

342490

THE ACE ELECTRONIC DIGITAL BALLAST   1000W

$ 0.15

342491

THE ACE ELECTRONIC DIGITAL BALLAST   600W

$ 0.15

342492

THE ACE ELECTRONIC DIGITAL BALLAST   400W

$ 0.15

342495

THE ACE ELECTRONIC DIGITAL BALLAST   1000W 1YR

$ 0.15

342496

THE ACE ELECTRONIC DIGITAL BALLAST   600W 1YR

$ 0.15

342497

THE ACE ELECTRONIC DIGITAL BALLAST   400W 1YR

$ 0.15

342600

LE HYBRID BULB   1000W ET25

$ 1.10

342605

HPS BULB   1000 W

$ 1.10

342610

LE SUPER HPS BULB   1000 W ET25

$ 1.10

342611

LE SUPER HPS BULB   600W T15

$ 1.10

342612

LE SUPER HPS BULB   400W ET18

$ 1.10

342620

LE SUPER MH BULB   1000W BT56

$ 1.10

342621

LE SUPER MH BULB   1000 W BT37

$ 1.10

342622

LE SUPER MH BULB CONVERSION 600W T25

$ 1.10

342623

LE SUPER MH BULB   400W BT37

$ 1.10

342624

LE SUPER MH BULB   400W T15

$ 1.10

 

Additional details on eco-fees:

  • Fees will be assessed on a per-unit basis except for category #8 (miniature bulb package), which will be applied on a per-package basis.
  • Fixtures sold with an integrated ballast(s) will be charged a fixture fee and not a ballast fee.
  • For details on the fees applied when multiple products are sold in one package please refer to the multipacks policy.
  • For details on the fees applied to pre-program sales and contracts signed by members for the supply of program products before the start date of the program please refer to the presales and contracts policy.
  • For details on the fees applied when lamps are sold integrated into fixtures please refer to the integrated lamps policy.

For Quebec Customers

Eco-fees for Quebec customers are charged differently. As with eco-fees in the rest of the country, Quality Wholesale does not profit from eco-fees and simply collects them on behalf of Product Care.

The following table provides information on Quebec eco-fees:

Product Fee
Fluorescent Tubes measuring ≤ 2 feet
$0.30
Fluorescent Tubes measuring > 2 feet and ≤ 4 feet
$0.50
Fluorescent Tubes measuring > 4 feet
$1.00
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)
$0.20
HID and Other: High Pressure Sodium, Low Pressure Sodium, Mercury Vapour and Metal Halide, UV, Germicidal and UHP replacement lamps
$1.10