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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Adjustments to Environment Handling Charges

September 19, 2012

We want to share and explain the new increase that will take effect on October 1, 2012 with the Environmental Handling Charges (EHC's). These adjustments reflect changes to the method for determining amounts payable each quarter by Petro-Canada and other 'Stewards" of Containers and Antifreeze, to Stewardship Ontario ("SO") under provincial legislation. SO manages the provinces Municipal Hazardous or special Waste (MHSW") program, which promotes the environmentally-responsible management of designated waste materials, including used Containers and Antifreeze.

Due to recent changes to provincial legislation, the amounts payable by Stewards in connection with certain designated materials, including Containers and Antifreeze, are no longer calculated on a fixed fee per unit basis. Instead, Stewards now pay their proportion share of SO's actual costs to manage a particular category of used material.

Effective October 1, 2012 these changes will be in effect:

-Applicable containers of lubricating, and other oils with a capacity of 30 litres or less (Containers)
EHC increase from $0.09 to $0.14 per litre of capacity

-Radiator antifreeze in containers with a capacity of 30 litres or less ("Antifreeze")
EHC increase from $0.09 to $0.24 per litre of capacity.

As a small business owner we are now forced to pass this hidden taxes to our customers, not exactly what we had in mind to create new business, a price increase due to another Ontario hidden tax. All we can do is educate our customer, so they can understand that this is not a price increase from us, but a tax increase due to the cost of whatever. Just with all that is going on, with gas prices, slow economy exactly what Ontario needed to stimulate the economy. The Ontario government at work for all us Ontarians.

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