Given the current situation, many recycling locations have temporarily closed and we expect more to follow. To help minimize landfill waste we encourage you to store your recycling items until the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. Please do not throw your recyclables in the trash. If you need to visit a depot, contact them directly to confirm if they’re open. Social distancing is strongly recommended, as is staying home.
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This program is funded by recycling fees applied to the sale of new lighting products. In MB, as of January 1, 2020, fees apply to the sale or supply of CFLs and fluorescent tubes including retail, industrial, commercial and institutional sales. The fee rates vary by product type.

The fees are used to cover program costs, including managing the collection, transportation and recycling system for returned products. Manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers may include the recycling fee in the product price or display it as a separate charge to purchasers.

The Environmental Handling Fee is taxable, as it is considered to be a part of the price of regulated products. While the taxes applied to the fee are remitted to the government, no part of the fee itself is remitted to the government.

Environmental Handling Fees
Light Bulbs and Tubes

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)


Tubes measuring less than or equal to 2 feet


Tubes measuring greater than 2 feet and up to or equal to 4 feet


Tubes measuring greater than 4 feet


Tubes include linear, U-shape and circ-line.  Their length is the length of the tube if straightened.