Products & Fees
Major appliances that have been designated for residential use, including dual fuel natural gas or propane products provided the other power source is electricity. Appliances used in or sold for industrial, commercial and/or institutional (IC&I) applications that have the same essential design characteristics as major household appliances, as defined above, are also included. All program products that are used for the purpose of refrigeration or freezing must contain a compressor and/or refrigerant gases.
MARR is funded through Administrative Program Fees (APFs) that are charged at the point of sale for new appliances sold in BC. It's not a tax, nor is it a refundable deposit. APFs for different products are established by MARR having regard to the cost to recycle the materials contained in the product and the cost of administering the program generally.
For more information on what MARR is doing in BC, please see here.
Manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers may include the Administrative Program Fee (APF) in the product price or display it as a separate charge to purchasers. The APF is not a government tax and the APF itself is not remitted to the government. The APF is subject to sales tax as it is considered to be a part of the price of regulated products.
Because the APF is charged at the time of purchase there is no additional charge when products are brought to a MARR collection site at end-of-life.