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CT Recycles Paint; More States Sign On

Monday, July 1, 2013

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Connecticut will begin recycling unused and unwanted paint Monday (July 1), as legislation establishing the coatings manufacturers’ PaintCare recycling program recently received the green light in Maine, Minnesota and Vermont.

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Paint recycling through PaintCare has been implemented in Oregon, California, Rhode Island and Connecticut (as of Monday). Bills have passed to establish the program in Maine, Minnesota and Vermont, according the the ACA.

So far, seven states in the U.S. have embraced the coating industry’s platform for the “proper and effective management of post-consumer paint,” according to the ACA.

Paint stewardship legislation is currently being pursued in New York and New Jersey, the ACA noted.

Efforts to bring the program to Washington were unsuccessful this year, according to Alison Keane, ACA’s vice present of Government Affairs.

Still, plenty of other states have expressed interest in the ACA- and industry-conceived program including Colorado, New Hampshire, Florida, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, the ACA said.

Oregon was the first state to implement the initiative, followed by California and Rhode Island.

Connecticut Program Launches

The paint recycling program in Connecticut officially kicks off July 1, according to officials.

More than 100 sites expressed interest in being “drop-off” sites, however not all of the sites will be set up on day one, said Marjaneah Zarrehparvar, the executive director of PaintCare.

Connecticut adopted the legislation needed to establish the program in June 2011.

The program mandates paint manufacturers to manage leftover latex and oil-based paint from consumers and professional paint users.

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Product Stewardship Institute

More than 609 million gallons of architectural paint are sold in the U.S. each year, 10 percent of which is estimated to remain unused, according to the Product Stewardship Institute.

Paint users will be able to recycle or dispose of unwanted paint by taking it to a participating retailer or household hazardous waste site throughout the state. The program will include the cost of managing leftover paint in the purchase price of new paint.

“[G]etting rid of unwanted paint is a difficult challenge,” Daniel C. Esty, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection said in a statement. “With our new program, we will provide a convenient option for residents to safely recycle or dispose of unwanted paint.”

Etsy also commended the paint industry for its cooperation noting that the initiative will “increase our recycling, save money for municipalities and provide a valuable service to our citizens—all at no cost to state taxpayers.”

The program is administered through PaintCare Inc., a nonprofit organization created by the ACA in 2009.

Bills Become Law

PaintCare Inc.'s executive director Marjaneh Zarrehparvar confirmed Saturday (June 29) that Maine's bill establishing the program passed, clearing opposition hurdles. Gov. Paul LePage had a Friday deadline to sign or veto the bill, the ACA said.

On June 3, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill that provides for the establishment of ACA’s PaintCare program in that state.

The law, H.B. 262, An Act Relating to Establishing a Program for the Collection and Recycling of Paint, paves the way for implementation of the program on July 1, 2014.

The bill was supported by the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation and several non-government organizations, including various paint producers and independent retailers, according to the ACA.

On May 24, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a similar bill into law. The program is slated for implementation on July 1, 2014.

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PaintCare Inc.

Paint users in states that have embraced the PaintCare model are able to recycle or dispose of unwanted paint by taking it to a participating retailer or household hazardous waste site.

Reports said that a previous bill establishing a paint stewardship program was vetoed twice by former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty back in 2008.

The new laws in Maine, Minnesota and Vermont provide two essential elements for implementing the PaintCare product stewardship program, according to Keane.

“These elements are a level playing field among all producers and retailers and the need for a sustainable financing system engaging the consumer,” she said.

Nationwide Goals

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

More than 609 million gallons of architectural paint are sold in the United States each year, 10 percent of which is estimated to remain unused, according to the Product Stewardship Institute.

Underfunded municipal collection programs result in insufficient reuse, recycling, and improper disposal of leftover paint, the organization said.

PaintCare Inc. was established by the ACA to address the need for an industry-led product-stewardship solution for unwanted, leftover post-consumer paint.

More information on PaintCare is available here.


Tagged categories: American Coatings Association; Associations; Coatings Technology; Coatings technology; Environmental Protection; Paint disposal; Paint recycling; PaintCare program; Painters

Comment from David Baughman, (7/2/2013, 4:48 PM)

Glad to read that Paint Care is traveling across the country. It's a great resource and our homeowners like to feel that they are helping the environment also by returning their old paint supply that's on hand. We have linked Paint Care onto our website. Hopefully other painting contractors can do the same and help to spread the word!

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