May 3, 2013
Statewide Paint Recycling Program Approved for Connecticut
PaintCare Program set to begin July 2013
PaintCare, a Washington, DC-based product stewardship organization for the paint industry, and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) are pleased to announce the official approval of the program plan for the responsible recycling of unused and leftover paint in the state. Legislation for the plan was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy in 2011. The program is set to begin July 1, 2013.
Created by the American Coatings Association (ACA), a membership organization of paint and coatings manufacturers, PaintCare is a non-profit (501(c)(3)) organization tasked with working with state and local government to develop paint product stewardship legislation; secure permanent, year-round drop-off sites; conduct public outreach and education; and operate on-going programs in each state that passes legislation for the recycling of post-consumer paint.
The 2011 law mandates that paint manufacturers create and fund an easy-to-use, cost-effective and environmentally responsible program to manage post-consumer paint (unused or leftover) in Connecticut. The program is funded by a minimal “recovery fee” added to the purchase price of paint at retailers throughout the state. The recovery fee will range from $0.35 to $1.60 depending on paint container size.
DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said, "Approval of the plan for the recycling of paint is an important milestone for product stewardship in our state. This plan will allow residents to drop off unwanted paint to be recycled or safely disposed at convenient locations across Connecticut. Once the program begins, municipalities will save thousands of dollars in disposal costs and a resource that was once almost exclusively placed in the garbage will now be turned into useful products. We appreciate the hard work of the stakeholders to reach this agreement including PaintCare, paint retailers, local government and environmental groups."
For the convenience of Connecticut residents, most new PaintCare drop-off sites will be at paint retailers which are permanent and open year-round. This will reduce the need for homeowners, paint contractors and others with unwanted paint to rush out to participate in their municipal one-day only household hazardous waste collection events in their area. Waste transfer stations and select municipal household hazardous waste locations across Connecticut will also serve as drop-off sites
“We are so excited to be establishing our program here in Connecticut,” said PaintCare Executive Director, Marjaneh Zarrehparvar. “The positive support and feedback we’ve received from the State Legislature, the DEEP, the municipal household waste programs, the paint retail and the local chapter of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America has been overwhelming. We are grateful to everyone involved in making sure that leftover paint is being disposed of in environmentally beneficial way on an on-going basis, and we look forward to working together with retailers and municipalities across Connecticut” she added.
About Paint Care
PaintCare is a non-profit organization established by the American Coatings Association to implement Paint Stewardship Programs on behalf of the paint manufacturers in states that pass paint stewardship laws. To learn more about PaintCare, please visit www.paintcare.org