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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Lawmakers in Colorado have approved legislation establishing the PaintCare program for managing unused paint, making it the eighth state to enact the initiative.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill (S.B. 14-029) into place Friday (June 6), the American Coatings Association reported.

The program, developed by the ACA and paint and coating manufacturers, got the support of both the House and Senate before going to the governor’s desk, ACA said.

Governor Hickenlooper

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation to launch the paint manufacturers' stewardship program.

Similar bills are pending in other states. In some, bills have been introduced and are waiting to work through various state committees. PaintCare officials are meeting with bill opposition leaders in other states.

PaintCare Model

Under the PaintCare model, manufacturers fund the collection and management of unused architectural paints with an assessment added to the retail sale price of products.

The program began operation in Oregon in 2010, followed by California, Connecticut, Vermont, and Rhode Island. In the first two years, Oregon’s program recycled more than one million gallons of paint.

Programs in Minnesota and Maine are to begin operation in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, respectively.

Steps to Stewardship

Before the program kicks off in Colorado, PaintCare Inc. must submit a comprehensive “Program Plan” to the Colorado Department of Human Health and Environment by Jan. 1, 2015, according to the ACA.

PaintCare officials say they will organize a series of stakeholder meetings to present the goals and design of the program and to receive input from household hazardous waste programs and other interested parties.

Following the program plan, PaintCare says it will establish drop-off sites for leftover architectural paint throughout Colorado, including paint retailers, HHW facilities, solid waste transfer stations, recycling centers and landfills.

architectural paints
PaintCare Inc.

For the purposes of the program, architectural paints are defined as interior and exterior architectural coatings sold in containers five gallons or less.

The sites will have their paint transportation and recycling costs paid by PaintCare, according to the ACA.

Residents and businesses may recycle architectural coatings, such as metal coatings; stains; interior and exterior architectural paints (latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel); deck coatings; floor paints (including elastomeric); and others, according to a program fact sheet.

Products that are not covered under the PaintCare model include art and craft paints; paint thinners, mineral spirits, solvents; aerosol paints; industrial maintenance coatings; original equipment manufacturer products; or specialty coatings.

Bills Pending in Other States

One of ACA’s goals is to make PaintCare legislation consistent across all states so that program implementation can truly be nationally coordinated and manufacturers and consumers of paint do not have differing programs across state lines.

Alison Keane, ACA vice president of government affairs, provided an e-mail update of pending legislation in other states.

In Massachusetts, a PaintCare bill has been introduced and will receive a bill number concurrent with its first Committee meeting, which may take place in June or early July, according to Keane.

Similarly, in New Jersey, the legislation has been introduced in both the Senate and House. The first committee hearing has not yet been held, Keane noted. In an earlier update, Keane said she expected the bill to pass in New Jersey by the end of the year.

Household Hazardous Waste facility
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Post-consumer paint is often the number one product, by volume and cost, coming into Hazardous Household Waste programs, according to the ACA.

While a New York bill will not move forward this year, the ACA and bill supporters say it will be pushed during the 2015 session.

Keane also noted that efforts are underway to introduce the legislation in Washington D.C.. There, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh has reportedly agreed to sponsor a bill by the end of June.

Efforts are also moving forward in Washington State, where the measure failed last year despite significant support. The primary opposition faced in the state comes from local waste haulers, Keane noted.

However, Keane says that PaintCare officials gained neutrality from the Washington Refuse and Recycling Association following a meeting May 28 in Seattle.


Tagged categories: American Coatings Association (ACA); Coatings manufacturers; Environmental Protection; Good Technical Practice; Paint disposal; Paint recycling; PaintCare program; Regulations

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