American Coatings Association

NAHMMA Recognizes Miller Paint and Steve Dearborn as Outstanding Industry Partners

Miller Paint Company’s Steve Dearborn

Miller Paint Company and its CEO and president Steve Dearborn received the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association’s (NAHMMA) Outstanding Industry Partner Award at NAHMMA’s 2016 conference this month in Portland, Ore. The award recognizes private-sector business, trade association or affiliate non-profit that supports NAHMMA, its members and its mission through any combination of sponsorship, education, policy advocacy, and other efforts.

Dearborn and Miller Paint have been supporters of ACA’s PaintCare® paint product stewardship program in Oregon and other states, and have championed the program for adoption in Washington State.

NAHMMA is a membership-based, professional organization dedicated to pollution prevention and reducing the hazardous constituents entering municipal waste streams from households, small businesses and other entities that may be exempt from local, regional or national regulations. NAHMMA unites the diverse entities that influence or have an interest in hazardous components of municipal waste streams (product manufacturers, government regulators, provincial, state and local waste management programs, waste handling businesses, non-profit environmental organizations and others) in an active, engaging association that promotes information sharing and cooperative problem solving.

“Having this voice of business is about the only way some legislators will vote in favor of such bills,” said Rick Gilbert, program analyst for Washington State’s Kitsap County Solid Waste Division. “Miller Paint walks the walk when it comes to product stewardship – in Oregon and Washington. They proudly feature recycled Metro paint in their stores, and serve as drop-off sites in Oregon.”

PaintCare was created by ACA to undertake the responsibility for ensuring an environmentally sound and cost-effective program by developing and implementing strategies to reduce the generation of post-consumer architectural paint; promoting the reuse of post-consumer architectural paint; and providing for the collection, transport, and processing of post-consumer architectural paint using the hierarchy of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” and proper disposal. In addition to partnering with local government programs to collect paint, PaintCare establishes retail drop-off locations throughout states with paint stewardship laws, increasing convenience for consumers and relieving local governments of the financial burden of managing leftover paint.

In addition to Oregon, California, Connecticut, Colorado, District of Columbia, Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Vermont have all enacted laws establishing the PaintCare program. ACA is currently pursuing passage of paint product stewardship legislation in Washington State, where Miller Paint has a presence, as well as in several other states.

Dearborn was particularly nominated for his efforts to support the introduction and passage of paint stewardship legislation in Washington, which if successful, would bring ACA’s PaintCare program to the state.

“Steve Dearborn has been a tireless supporter of the paint product stewardship legislation in Washington over the past several years,” stated his nomination by Mendy Droke, policy liaison for Washington State’s Local Hazardous Waste Management Program for King County. “He has testified in favor of the bill before House and Senate Committee, sent a letter of support to members and authored an Op Ed that was published in The Olympian…. He brings an important voice of business to the push for product stewardship legislation.”

ACA and its industry are committed to finding a viable solution to the issue of post-consumer paint, which is often the number one product, by volume and cost, coming into municipally-run hazardous household waste programs. PaintCare has had resounding success in the eight states in which program operations have been implemented.

Learn more about the PaintCare program at

Contact Marjaneh Zarrehparvar for more information.