Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What the @#$@!! is MHSM?

 If you've bought paint or varsol or any other type of "hazourdous waste" at Wal-Mart or other retailers, you would have probably noticed a charge for MHSM. The first time I saw this charge, I asked the cashier what it was and she mumbled something about me buying Varsol. Anyway, I knew this was my cue to do further research. Basically, what MHSM does is, it ensures  "unwanted “household hazardous” or “special” wastes are either reused, recycled or disposed of responsibly." Stewardship Ontario

 I don't mind paying these fees, first the plastic bags, now this MHSM. (The environment is just as important to me as it is to the next person.) What I do have a problem with is the way some of these fees are implemented and subsequently collected. There is little information about them and when you inquire, you are not given a clear answer, and are left to do your own research. That's not fair, it's not right and as consumers, we deserve better, considering that all these fees and taxes end up falling squarely on our laps or in our wallets. We are the ones that fund these "initiatives". Would you ever pay a bill which you didn't know what it was for? Then next time, you see an unwanted fee on your receipt, question it!

I think many retailers are pocketing a good portion of the monies collected and once again, consumers are funding BS causes.

Click here to find out more about MHSM.

Unhappy Shopping!!
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