Why is Call2Recycle implementing Environmental Handling Fees (EHFs)?

Call2Recycle’s mission is and continues to be responsibly managing the end-of-life of batteries to keep them out of landfills and minimize environmental impact. Over the past 20 years, we have learned that the best way to achieve this goal and encourage participation is by offering a robust, convenient program where consumers can easily recycle their batteries.

In order for Call2Recycle to continue to run our industry leading program and implement continuous program enhancements, we have made the decision to follow industry best practices and implement an Environmental Handling Fee (EHF). These actions will ensure our collection and recycling program remains sustainable while continuing to meet the highest environmental standards.

There haven’t been EHFs on batteries before, why now?

As part of our commitment to delivering an industry leading stewardship program we continually evaluate how we can do better. We’ve found that not only is this prudent financially to ensure our program can continue to operate at the highest standards, this approach follows industry best practices and is consistent with other stewardship programs across select provinces.

Will these EHFs be rolled out in provinces other than BC, MB, or QC?

EHFs will not be introduced outside of BC, MB, and QC at this time; however, with support from battery and battery-powered product manufacturers Call2Recycle will continue to collect and recycle batteries.

Who pays for the EHFs?

The EHFs are remitted by the obligated party which can be a retailer, wholesaler, distributor or manufacturer.  It is at the discretion of the obligated party to determine whether to pass along the EHFs to consumers. The fee may be visible or hidden depending on the jurisdiction.

Why do EHFs differ in different provinces?

Fees are calculated based on the cost to collect and manage batteries generated within each province. Given the regional differences (such as geography, population, location of collection sites and processors), program costs vary between provinces.

What is an EHF?

An Environmental Handling Fee or EHF is a fee that is representative of the actual cost to collect, handle, transport and responsibly recycle batteries at the end of life. EHFs collected are also used for public education and to further expand program awareness to ensure batteries do not enter the waste stream.

Who is Call2Recycle and what is their role?

Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. works on behalf of stakeholders to provide its battery recycling program, Call2Recycle®, to consumers across Canada.  Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. is the approved battery stewardship organization in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Quebec.