An Act To Establish a Stewardship Program for Architectural Paint
Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §2144 is enacted to read:
§ 2144. Stewardship program for architectural paint
(1) A reduction in the generation of unwanted paint and the promotion of its reuse and recycling;
(2) Provision of convenient and available statewide collection of post-consumer paint from entities covered by the program in all areas of the State;
(3) Management of post-consumer paint using environmentally sound management practices in an economically sound manner, including following the paint waste management hierarchy of: source reduction; reuse; recycling; energy recovery and disposal;
(4) Establishment of a process for managing paint containers collected under the program, with an emphasis on recycling containers, when practical;
(5) Negotiation and execution by the operator of agreements to collect, transport, reuse, recycle, burn for energy recovery and dispose of post-consumer paint using environmentally sound management practices; and
(6) Provision of education and outreach efforts by the operator to promote the program. The education and outreach efforts must include strategies for reaching consumers in all areas of the State and the method the program will use to evaluate the effectiveness of its education and outreach efforts;
If a plan is rejected, the commissioner shall provide the reasons for rejecting the plan to the person submitting the plan. The person submitting the plan may submit an amended plan within 60 days of a rejection.
(1) Signage that is prominently displayed and easily visible to the consumer;
(2) Printed materials and templates of materials for reproduction by retailers to be provided to the consumer at the time of purchase or delivery;
(3) Advertising or other promotional materials that include references to the paint stewardship program; and
(4) A manual for paint retailers providing collection site procedures to ensure the use of environmentally sound management practices when handling architectural paints.
(1) A description of the methods used to collect, transport, reduce, reuse and process post-consumer paint in the State;
(2) The volume of post-consumer paint collected in the State;
(3) The volume and type of post-consumer paint collected in the State by method of disposition, including reuse, recycling and other methods of processing;
(4) The total cost of implementing the paint stewardship program, as determined by an independent financial audit funded from the paint stewardship assessment; and
(5) Samples of educational materials provided to consumers of architectural paint.
This bill establishes a product stewardship program for architectural paints sold in the State. Under the program, consumers are able to return their unused architectural paint to designated locations throughout the State for recycling and proper disposal. The collection, transportation and recycling of paint is managed by architectural paint manufacturers or a designated representative organization. The program is financed by a stewardship assessment on architectural paint sold in the State.