Environmental Handling Fee (EHF)

Environmental Handling Fee (EHF)

What are the regulated electronic items included in the program?

The following end-of-life items are accepted in the Encorp Return-It Electronics program:

Display Devices

Televisions and monitors, including various technologies such as Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), flat panel (LCD, LED and plasma) and rear projection.

Non-Cellular Telephones

Includes corded and cordless telephones, as well as telephone answering machines.

Home Audio/Video Systems

Includes VCRs, DVD and CD players, digital cable and satellite equipment, speakers, amplifiers, receivers, data projectors and similar audio/video systems.

Desktop Computers

Desktop computers (including those acting as servers) and all bundled keyboards, mice, cables and internal components.

Portable Computers

Includes portable computers such as laptops, netbooks, notebooks and tablets.

Computer Peripherals

Includes both wired and wireless manual input devices such as keyboards, mice and trackballs.

Desktop Printers

Printers designed to reside on a work surface, including laser and LED, ink jet, dot matrix, thermal, dye sublimation and “multi-function” copy, scan, fax and print devices. Stand-alone desktop fax machines are also included in this category.

Personal/Portable Audio/Video Systems

Includes docking speakers, portable stereos, portable CD players, portable audio recorders, tape/radio players, headphones, digital media (MP3) players, voice recorders, and digital and video cameras.

Vehicle Audio/Video Systems (aftermarket)

Includes amplifiers, equalizers, speakers and audio/video components.

IT and Telecom Equipment

Includes router, bridges, ethernet switches, networking products (including security appliances and firewalls), and business video conferencing systems.

Musical Instruments

Includes electric guitar, electronic drums, electronic keyboards, digital pianos, foot pedals for electronic keyboards, DJ mixers and electronic audio devices.

Medical and Monitoring Equipment

Includes electronic thermometer, hearing aids, electronic blood pressure device and microscopes. A product is excluded from any category if it has been implanted in a person, if it requires decontamination prior to recycling, or if it has come into contact with blood or other biological contaminants.

Video Gaming Systems and Accessories

Includes gaming console, video game console controller and both wired and wireless joysticks.

Small/Large Battery-Powered Ride-On-Toys/Micro Toys/E-Toys

Includes 12 volt battery powered ride-on toys, electric ride-on toy cars or trucks and electric toy scooters. Includes electronic toy promotional items (i.e sold with meals), electronic key chains, action figures or dolls and electronic toy vehicles.

Cellular Devices

Cellular phones, including those offering camera, video recording and/or audio functions, smartphones (cell-enabled), cell-enabled PDAs utilizing touch-screen technology and cell-enabled handheld devices.

Floor-Standing Photocopiers/Multi-Function Devices

Floor-standing photocopiers and Multi-Function Devices (MFDs). This will include all printing and copying devices, utilizing all printing technologies, that are floor-standing models with a maximum weight of 200 kg.

Home Theatre In-A-Box (HTB) Systems

Includes pre-packaged disc player/speaker/amplifier systems for use with video or television display to create a home theatre experience.

EPRA British Columbia is funded through Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) that are applied on the sale of all new electronic products. It’s not a tax, nor is it a refundable deposit. The EHF on each item in the program is based on the actual cost to recycle the materials contained in the product. All program revenue is used for the collection, transportation and responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics as well as program administration.

*All EHFs are subject to applicable sales tax

Click here for the Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) brochure or visit Return-IT Website

For all other provinces, please visit Electronic Product Recycling Association (RPRA) or  Recycle My Electronics for more information.



What is end-of-life?

End-of-life refers to used electronic items that are obsolete and un-useable electronic items that consumers have chosen to deliver to a Return-It Electronics Collection Site for recycling in this program.

Why should I have to pay a fee on the purchase of new electronics?

The fee will ensure that end-of-life electronics are processed responsibly and do not end up in our landfills or exported to developing nations.

How will I know whether I've paid a fee on my purchase?

The environmental handling fee (EHF) charged on the sale of new designated electronics products may appear on your sales receipt.

Where can I return my used electronics?

You can bring them to a designated Return-It Electronics Collection Site. To find the collection site nearest you visit electronicsrecyclingbc.ca or encrop.ca

What if I have a large volume of obsolete electronics?

Contact Encorp directly for assistance in organizing a large order delivery or pickup. Call 1-800-330-9767.