Paint re­cy­cling pro­gram launched

The Compass - - CLASSIFIED -

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.

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