09/30/2012 01:59 EDT | Updated 11/30/2012 05:12 EST

New green fees tacked to tech purchases

New fees for electronics purchased in Quebec stores will come into effect on Monday.

The new recycling fees of $40 or more will be applied to purchases of televisions, cellphones, laptop computers and printers. The fee will vary based on the product's price and its difficulty for recycling.

This charge will be used to finance a new recycling system throughout Quebec.

Merchants were made aware of the fees, but consumers were mostly kept in the dark regarding these new measures. Some stores have recently been handing out pamphlets to explain the new prices.

Other products like stereo systems and gaming consoles will be affected by the charge in July 2013.