Home improvement: paint disposal's latest law
July 2, 2012
Paint manufacturers like Behr — awarded for their "environmentally progessive" programs in Safety Data Sheet (SDS) management, for one — are slowly taking on more and more of the onus of paint and coating disposal at the consumer level.
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has just signed into law the nation's fourth program that requires paint manufacturers to safely manage leftover latex and oil-based paint from households and painting contractors. PCI Magazine published the story on Wednesday, June 27. This legislation was supported by the paint industry. Its inception came with help from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI).
The bill, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio and Representative Donna Walsh, aspires to cut tax dollars spent on paint disposal, increase recycling jobs and reduce waste. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 10% of all paint purchased in the United States becomes leftover - around 64 million gallons annually.
For more on this story, please see the article in PCI Magazine.