NJ Committee Pushes PaintCare Legislation
Earlier this month, New Jersey’s state Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee unanimously passed legislation for a PaintCare program—a paint stewardship program involving paint manufacturers and producers in conjunction with the American Coatings Association.
The measure is expected to go to the state house soon.
About the Program in NJ
According to ACA Vice President Heidi McAuliffe, the program first and foremost requires manufacturers to set up a collection network for residents to bring leftover paint to centers in different municipalities. This also incorporates retail stores.
The legislation would specifically require PaintCare to establish a paint collection site within 15 miles of 90% of the state’s residents. Permanent collection sites must set up for every 30,000 residents of a population center.
The program could end up diverting 85-90% of paints and other products from landfills. It’ll be financed by a fee on new sales (not through the state), however, when consumers bring in leftover paint there is zero cost to consumers to have it collected.
ACA said that that this could be critical in New Jersey where only five of the 21 counties even accept latex paint for recycling and proper disposal—latex paint being 80% of the paint sold today. Those few counties that do accept latex paint do so at a great cost. For example, Ocean County reported spending over $200,000 on their paint management program in 2013 alone.
For municipalities that participate in collection, the program would pay them to transport and manage the product, meaning that the bill could help save money at the county level.
ACA worked with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, as well as the state’s local waste authorities, HHW program managers and Product Stewardship Councils.
As early as June 2013, PaintSquare Daily News reported Minnesota being the fifth state in the country to embrace the PaintCare model, following Oregon, California, Connecticut the District of Columbia and Rhode Island. In 2014, New Hampshire and Colorado also adopted the paint-recycling legislation.