Paint Recycling Bill Passes the Vermont Legislature

Paint buckets of different colorsVermont could gain financial benefits of $600,000 annually on the collection and management of roughly 160,000 gallons of leftover paint every year. This cost typically represents half of municipal Household Hazardous Waste budgets. CSWD supports passage of H. 262: an act relating to establishing a program for the collection and recycling of paint. This product stewardship bill reduces the role of government in paint collection and recycling and reduces the burden on taxpayers of managing the costs of disposal for leftover paint.

Update May 2013:

Paint recycling bill signed by Governor Peter Shumlin
It has taken a full decade to get a paint stewardship bill passed in the Vermont Legislature, and Chittenden Solid Waste District’s Legislative Liaison Jen Holliday, who has had her shoulder to the wheel every inch of the way, reports that on May 14, 2013, the House gave the final approval of the bill. Governor Shumlin signed the bill on June 3, 2013, making it the law in the State of Vermont.

Benefits of paint stewardship legislation in Vermont:

  • Reduced government cost.
  • More recycling opportunities – Fewer than 50 percent of Vermonters currently have access to latex paint collection due to lack of funding.
  • Green sector jobs – Potential for expansion of paint recycling industry in Vermont.
  • Less disposal, more recycling – More paint will be diverted from disposal facilities and recycled, which helps the state reach its recycling goal.
  • Less waste – The industry will educate the public to buy the right amount of paint for a job and reduce waste.