PaintCare Receives NERC’s 2018 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award
November 6, 2018 •
PaintCare was awarded the 2018 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award during the Northeast Recycling Council’s (NERC) annual conference on Oct. 30. For the second year in a row, NERC has bestowed the award upon an individual or organization that has made an impact on sustainable materials management within NERC’s 11-state region in the Northeastern United States.
PaintCare’s four New England state programs were considered jointly for the award: Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. In these states, PaintCare has set up more than 360 year-round locations where households and businesses can drop off leftover latex and oil-based house paint for recycling—providing locations within 15 miles of more than 95 percent of households in each state.
Most PaintCare drop-off locations are paint and hardware stores that accept leftover house paint, stain, or varnish (i.e., architectural coatings) for recycling during regular business hours. Other drop-off locations include household hazardous waste facilities (HHWs), solid waste transfer stations, and “reuse” stores. For municipal HHW and solid waste partners, PaintCare covers that cost of transporting and processing leftover paint, saving the municipalities resources.
“We are honored to receive this award recognizing the hard work of our state managers, Laura Honis and John Hurd, and the commitment of our hundreds of retail partners across New England,” said Marjaneh Zarrehparvar, Executive Director of PaintCare. “We also thank our partners in each state’s oversight agencies, whose visionary leadership has enabled the local PaintCare programs to grow and thrive.”
Since the start of each state’s program, PaintCare has processed more than 1.2 million gallons of paint in Connecticut, 272,000 gallons in Maine, 305,000 gallons in Rhode Island, and 438,000 gallons in Vermont. Most latex paint is recycled back into paint, while oil-based paint is utilized for energy recovery, and some paint is redistributed to the public for “reuse.”
PaintCare’s recycling programs demonstrate that leftover paint can be effectively diverted from landfills or improper disposal and properly managed in accordance with the hierarchy of “highest best use.”
Through the American Coatings Association, paint manufacturers created PaintCare Inc., a non-profit stewardship organization, to run recycling programs in states and jurisdictions as they pass paint stewardship laws. PaintCare sets up drop-off locations for unused paint, arranges for recycling and proper disposal of the paint, and conducts outreach about proper paint management. PaintCare currently runs paint recycling programs in California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. For more information about PaintCare, visit www.paintcare.org.
About the Northeast Recycling Council
NERC is a multi-state non-profit organization that is committed to environmental and economic sustainability through responsible solid waste management. NERC conducts projects that influence policy and affect change through research, technical assistance, demonstration projects, and education across 11 states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Contact PaintCare’s Brett Rodgers for more information.