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Canadian recycling program costs taxpayers $18.6 million

BY HBSDEALER Staff

An article in the Toronto Star reported that Ontario taxpayers have been hit with an $18.6 million bill for the province’s eco-fee program, discontinued last summer after an outcry from consumers who noticed extra charges on their receipts.

The program, which began in 2008, was rolled out in phases, starting with a household waste program for paint, solvents and antifreeze. Other products later included medications and fluorescent light tubes. The third phase, scheduled to begin on July 1, 2010, added bleach, corrosive cleaners and contact cement. It also included fees for retailers. Some companies, like Home Hardware and Lowe’s, passed them on to consumers. Others hid them in the price of goods, or just absorbed them.

Stewardship Ontario, a private industry-funded organization created by the government, managed the recycling programs on behalf of its 1,500 members, which are businesses that make and sell the designated products. The organization has now sent the Ontario government a bill for $18.6 million in costs for the canceled program.

The bill from Stewardship Ontario includes a charge of $8 million to $10 million for research and development of the programs, legal fees, marketing campaigns, and the purchase of a $3 million computer system designed to track an array of household hazardous waste materials through the recycling process. A separate fee of $8.6 million covers the payments that Stewardship Ontario made to the municipalities that collected recycled materials since the cancellation.

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S.Carmicheal says:
Apr-12-2012 09:20 am

Looks like programmes like
Looks like programmes like this are definitely headed for the skip bins if the governments do not find a way to fund them without having to pass on the costs to the consumers and retailers alike, because it is just not justifiable to increase the cost of living for people in this economy. Veoliaes

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Industry Dashboard for March 28, 2011

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With existing-home sales slipping to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88 million, all three housing starts and home sales dials are running behind the paces set last month and last year.

That picture of poor performance stands in contrast to the Home Channel Stock Roundup, which shows all 10 companies tracked running ahead of last month and last year. Tractor Supply Co. leads the way — up more than 90% from its year-ago share value.

Meanwhile, gas prices increased to a national average of $3.58 per gallon, up from $3.29 last month, and up from $2.81 a year ago, according to the AAA.

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Readers Respond: On the pursuit of shoplifters

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The following letters were a response to the article "Dealer turned commando stops alleged thief."

"No one in retail likes to lose product to a shoplifter. At the same time we are all jubilant when we recover our stolen goods. I have personally pursued and watched pursuits, and do believe that once a theft occurs and the product has left the building it is best to let the thief go on his or her way. I have asked myself after a number of personally involved occurrences: ‘What if?’ IF, can be scary!

"Document the occurrence, advise loss prevention and contact the local authorities if advised."
— David Thompson
Store manager
Carter Lumber

"It’s not worth pursuing a shoplifter because our judicial system will just slap them on the wrist. The first company I worked for caught theft on video tape; a customer stole about $500 in tools. He was later arrested with some of the tools and received a $50.00 fine."
— Bob Lacasse 
Hardware/Specialty Buyer 
Maki Building Centers

"Better a live coward, than a dead hero."
— Name withheld

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Mar-28-2011 08:07 pm

As Falstaff said in King
As Falstaff said in King Henry IV, Part I: "The better part of valor is discretion."

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