What if there was a convenient way to deal with that oil-based paint that you’re currently taking to a hazardous waste facility or that latex paint that you’re drying out before putting in the garbage can?
Steve Dearborn, chief executive of Miller Paint, is advocating for that to happen. In a recent op-ed in The Olympian, he encourages the state legislature to pass the paint stewardship bill which would create a statewide paint collection program for the recycling or proper disposal of unwanted paint.
He cites among the benefits of such a program an end to the waste of leftover paint – a valuable resource for which a market exists. His Miller Paint customers each year purchase about 75,000 gallons of recycled latex paint made and sold in Oregon by Metro Paint.
He also calls attention to the benefits to the consumer and the environment. Residents and businesses with unused paint could, under this legislation, take it to a participating retail site. Such a program would help keep paint from being improperly disposed and possibly contaminating the land or waterways.
The bill, which was introduced in the legislature in January 2015, must come up for a vote in the House before the February 17, 2016 cut-off date.
The paint recycling bill passed a House floor vote by 60-38 on March 5th!
Next step: it moves to the Senate for consideration.
Here are three good reasons we support this legislation:
From the owner of Flying Colors Painting Company in Olympia
I’m a house painter in Olympia. I’m here because I see [left over paint cans] in every single house. It is impossible to leave a job without leaving the touch-up paint; there is always leftover paint. … I would love it. Our customers would love it, if something simple and easy like this [paint recycling program] happened. – Dustin Wilson, Feb 5 House bill hearing.
From the CEO of Miller Paint Company with take-back locations for leftover paint in other states.
We … just sold our 300,000th gallon of recycled paint [paint made from leftover, take back paint]. [That’s about] 1.5 million containers that are about 20% full, are not going to the landfill. If the state of Washington adopts this bill, Miller Paint would be interested in becoming a processor [in Washington]; it would add probably 25 to 30 jobs; it would keep all that recycling within the state and add jobs here in the state of Washington. –Steve Dearborn, CEO of Miller Paint Company Feb. 5 House bill hearing
This proposed recycling program takes a different approach from most other recycling programs because the paint industry would lead it – not the government.
If it passes in the Senate, it would become part of a uniform system operating in the U.S. for the proper recycling, reuse and disposal of leftover paint. Eight other states, including Oregon, have passed similar legislation initiated by the paint industry.