Why am I charged an Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) when I purchase new electronics?

Environmental Handling Fees (EHF's) reflect the cost of recycling the item you are purchasing. The collection of EHFs funds the recycling program, including depot operation, shipping and storage of collected electronics, and public education.

Charging EHF's ensures that consumers accept responsibility for the entire lifecycle of the product they are purchasing, including the final disposal. This fee is charged at the point of purchase to allow "free" recycling drop-off. This increases participation in the recycling program.

The retailer may choose to display the EHF separately or as part of the total cost of the product. Displaying the fee separately helps educate consumers on the cost of disposal. For a complete list of the different Environmental Handling Fees charged on electronics, visit the Return-It website.

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