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Product Care Recycling is an industry funded not-for-profit. The British Columbia alarms program is funded entirely by Environmental Handling Fees (EHFs) remitted to Product Care by its industry members. The fees are utilized for collection, transportation, recycling and safe disposal of returned products, as well as program administration and communication.

The Environmental Handling Fees may be displayed as a separate charge by vendors, sometimes described as an eco-fee, environmental handling fee, or recycling fee on the receipt.

The Environmental Handling Fee is part of the price of regulated products and therefore subject to applicable sales taxes. While the taxes are remitted to the government, the fee itself is not remitted to the government.

Where multiple smoke or CO alarms are sold as one unit (often in one package), a fee is applied to each alarm.

Environmental Handling Fees
Smoke and CO Alarms


EHF prior to April 1st, 2022Current EHF

BC Smoke alarms (including combination alarms)


Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms


For the notice regarding the recent change to the environmental handling fees, please click here.

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