Canadian Paint Makers Plan to Recycle
Taking a page from their U.S. counterparts, Canada’s paint and coatings manufacturers say they will operate a post-consumer paint recycling program in Ontario, according to the industry association.
The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) has announced that it had notified Waste Diversion Ontario of its mission to have more control over the governance, costs, and performance metrics involved in recycling paint.
The proposed program will be separate from the current Municipal Household Hazardous Waste (MHSW) Program that is run by Stewardship Ontario, CPCA noted.
Paint and coatings is the largest of nine categories of waste in the MHSW program, representing more than 40 percent of the program's dollar value, according to CPCA.
Partnership with Product Care
Joining forces with the Product Care Association, the paint makers say their program—permitted under the Waste Diversion Act—will enable the industry to successfully manage unwanted and leftover paint in Ontario.
Established in 1994, Product Care’s program model has been used in the United States to establish the PaintCare recycling program in four states (Oregon, California, Connecticut and Rhode Island), the association noted.
Building on Success
The CPCA noted that it had managed a paint-recycling effort in Ontario for four years and “regularly exceeded established recycling targets.”
The newly proposed plan seeks to build upon that success, according to Dale Contantinoff, president of General Paint Corp. and CPCA chair.
The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association represents 261 paint manufacturing establishments throughout Canada.
If approved, the program will allow “better steward control” of elements such as governance, costs, performance metrics and fee setting, CPCA said.
A request for more information was not immediately returned.
Since 1913, CPCA has represented Canada’s major paint and coating manufacturers, and their industry suppliers, with three primary product categories: architectural paints, industrial and automotive coatings.
The industry has more than 261 paint manufacturing establishments in Canada, with annual sales of more than $6 billion, and directly and indirectly employs 31,800 people.