Paint recycling program launched
Residents of the province will be able to recycle their waste paint through a network of 29 drop-off locations now in place throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. A new provincial paint recycling program was unveiled May 2 at Handyman Home Hardware in Conception Bay South.
The following is a list of drop-off locations in the Trinity Conception region: • Bay Roberts Green Depot; • Rona in Bay Roberts; • Carbonear Green Depot. “Paint often contains toxic or hazardous materials and, if these products are dumped into landfills or storm sewer systems they can pollute the air, land and water,” said Environment and Conservation Minister Terry French, who is also Minister Responsible for the Multi-materials Stewardship Board (MMSB).
“Proper management of waste paint through the new industry-led paint recycling program is a positive step forward for waste management in Newfoundland and Labrador, and it will bring the province another step closer to achieving the 50 per cent waste reduction goal of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy. At the same time, the program will also reduce waste disposal costs for municipalities and increase accessibility for consumers.”
All consumers, including individuals, commercial painters, businesses and governments of all levels can avail of the program and return their paint products to any collection site, free-of-charge, regardless of the brand or where purchased. All household paints, including interior and exterior latex, enamel and oilbased consumer paints, deck coatings and floor paints, varnishes and concrete and masonry paints, along with the cans they come in, are among the products that are accepted through the program.
“We have been working with paint manufacturers to help them take a leadership role in handling the end-of-life treatment of their products,” said Leigh Puddester, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the MMSB.
“By having manufacturers take responsibility for the end-of-life handling of their products, they will increasingly continue to think about ways to redesign their products to be more environmentally friendly, and more cost efficient and easier to recycle. The MMSB is currently working on other industry-led programs and we look forward to announcing these in the near future.”
Product Care Association is the industry-appointed organization responsible for establishing, collecting and managing leftover paint in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“On behalf of the paint industry, we are committed to responsible recycling, and establishing an extensive and accessible paint recycling program for Newfoundland and Labrador is a clear demonstration of this,” said Mark Kurschner, President of Product Care Association.
“We are confident that we will capture a large portion of left-over paint, and in turn we will recycle this paint into new paint.”
By the end of 2013, there will be a total of 51 collection sites established throughout the province. These sites will be a combination of permanent return collection facilities such as paint retailers, Green Depots, small enterprises and mobile collection services.
For a complete list of accepted paint products and to find a paint drop-off location, visit www.productcare.org/nl.