Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Environmental Fees

One of my jobs is final checkoff on all our invoices before payment.  And I've noticed a trend over the last year.

More companies are adding small fees to the bottom of invoices called "Environmental Fees".  These fees tack on $5 to $20 to each bill.  I'd expect that from chemical companies getting rid of some waste products. Perhaps from others with difficult disposals.  Yet that's often not the case.  On fully 3/4 of these invoices the companies offer no clear explanation why this fee is appropriate.

Which makes me wonder.

Are these fees valid?  Or are they just surcharges, adding no value, disguised in a manner to which our green-oriented society cannot object?

Much of it feels like a different type of waste.  Which lowers value.

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