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CPCA Applauds Paint Recycling in Canada

Monday, February 10, 2020

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The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association recently applauded its industry’s paint manufacturers’ commitment to recycling, celebrating the better part of 10 years of the Canada-wide Action Plan on Waste.

“We are very pleased with the full support our manufacturer members have shown for paint recycling right across Canada,” said Richard Tremblay of Benjamin Moore and Chair of CPCA.

Some History

The CPCA announced its mission to have more control over the governance, costs and performance metrics involved in recycling paint at the start of 2013.

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The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association recently applauded its industry’s paint manufacturers’ commitment to recycling, celebrating the better part of 10 years of the Canada-wide Action Plan on Waste.

Joining forces with the Product Care Association, the association noted that its program—permitted under the Waste Diversion Act—aimed to enable the industry to successfully manage unwanted and leftover paint.

Established in 1994, Product Care’s program model has been used in the United States to establish the PaintCare recycling program.

What Now

Paint-recycling programs now exist in all 10 provinces, the association said, with eight of these programs run by Product Care, including the large programs in Ontario and British Columbia.

Ecopeinture and Alberta Recycling Management Authority operate the other two paint-recycling programs in Quebec and Alberta, respectively.

“Under Provincial laws paint and coatings manufacturers pay 100% of the cost of paint recycling, relieving the financial burden on municipalities and ratepayers. All these paint programs are meeting or exceeding targets for waste recovery and recycling,” the CPCA said.

“The manufacturers are the ‘obligated stewards’ under these provincial programs and without the full commitment of those companies there would be no paint recycling in Canada. To date, the total cost to paint manufacturers for all these programs across Canada since inception is approximately $450 million, $200 million of that amount in the Province of Ontario alone since 2010.”

The Canadian Council of Ministers report that, in 2018, these paint programs across Canada recovered more that 28 million kilograms of leftover paint—or the equivalent used to paint over 500,000 homes.

   

Tagged categories: Coatings; Coatings manufacturers; Good Technical Practice; Government; NA; North America; Paint; Paint recycling; Paint recycling; Recycled building materials

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