Measure to Repeal Colorado PaintCare Program Law Defeated in Legislature
A bill introduced in the Colorado Senate that would have effectively dismantled the state’s PaintCare program was defeated last week. The “Repeal Architectural Paint Stewardship Act,” Senate Bill 45, sought to repeal the law that mandated the establishment of a paint stewardship program in Colorado. That law was authorized by the state legislature via Senate Bill 29, and signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper in June 2014. Colorado PaintCare® program operations launched in July 2015. The repeal effort, led by Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud), who introduced the bill in early January, was ultimately voted down in the Senate, where legislators were unconvinced that the program hasn’t benefited the state.
ACA and PaintCare strongly opposed the measure and touted the success of the program: the Colorado PaintCare program has established more than 160 convenient, year-round locations throughout the state where residents can drop off unwanted paint. Homeowners and paint professionals alike can responsibly dispose of paint, stain, and varnish—no matter how old. Since its establishment, the Colorado program has collected more than 1.6 million gallons of unused paint, and recycled or otherwise utilized more than 80 percent of that latex paint.
ACA created PaintCare, a 501(c)(3) organization whose sole purpose is to ensure effective operation and efficient administration of paint product stewardship programs, on behalf of all architectural paint manufacturers in the United States. PaintCare undertakes 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.
Program funding via an assessment covers the cost of collecting all paint — not just new paint sold, but also legacy paint already piling up in consumers’ basements and garages.
The assessment also provides consumer education and public outreach for the program, as well as administrative costs. To further ensure fairness and consumer protection, the law specifies that the assessment funding the program must be approved by an independent audit submitted to the state Department of Public Health and Environment and must be set at a rate to cover only the cost to manage and sustain the program.
Since 2009, Oregon, California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Minnesota, Maine, Colorado, and the District of Columbia have enacted the ACA- and industry-conceived platform for the proper and effective management of post-consumer paint.
Residents and businesses in PaintCare states can find the nearest PaintCare drop-off site at www.paintcare.org/drop-off-locations by entering a zip code or city. More information about PaintCare program is available at www.paintcare.org.
Contact Colorado PaintCare’s Kevin Lynch for more information.