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.