Paint re­cy­cling pro­gram has suc­cess­ful first year

The Compass - - OPINION -

The first year of the Pain­tRe­cy­cle pro­gram in New­found­land and Labrador has been deemed a suc­cess.

The Multi-Ma­te­ri­als Stew­ard­ship Board, which over­saw the pro­ject, an­nounced in a re­lease that some 80,000 litres of paint had been re­cy­cled in the in­au­gu­ral year of the pro­gram, which far ex­ceeded the orig­i­nal goal.

“Paint con­tain haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als which can pol­lute the air, land and wa­ter,” said Tom Hed­der­son, min­ster of en­vi­ron­ment and con­ser­va­tion and min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the MMSB. “Proper man­age­ment of left­over paint helps pro­tect New­found­land and Labrador’s en­vi­ron­ment for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

It was re­ported that over 80 per cent of the paint col­lected dur­ing the first year had been reused or re­cy­cled by the Prod­uct Care As­so­ci­a­tion.

Prod­uct Care is the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing the left­over paint in the prov­ince. It has 52 per­ma­nent paint col­lec­tion sites in New­found­land and Labrador.

“We are pleased with the ac­com­plish­ments of the Prod­uct Care As­so­ci­a­tion,” said Mike Sam­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the MMSB. “The suc­cess of the Pain­tRe­cy­cle pro­gram is a tes­ta­manet to the en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­ment of New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans and we cer­tainly look for­ward to the con­tin­ued suc­cess of the pro­gram.”

For a com­plete list of ac­cepted paint prod­ucts and to find a paint drop-off lo­ca­tion, visit­duct­

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