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Paint Recycling: More Fun Than Watching It Dry

Tired of telling residents to mix their latex paint with kitty litter and dry it out? Come to this WSRA Washington Recycles Every Day event!

Vancouver BC exits curbside recycling business

The City of Vancouver, British Columbia, ceased providing residential recycling collection in October 2016, and Multi-Material BC (MMBC), the nonprofit packaging stewardship organization, will take over services.

Medicine producer responsibility laws spreading

Four more California local governments passed extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws for safe drug disposal: Santa Barbara County, Santa Clara County, the

New Washington Coordinator

The NWPSC welcomes Peter Thermos, new NWPSC Coordinator, to the team!photo of Peter Thermos, NWPSC Coordinator

Metro Vancouver seeks mattress EPR law

In June 2016, the Metro Vancouver solid waste advisory board (PDF) agreed to write a letter to the British Columbia Minister of Environment "requesting an amendment to the B.C.

Study Shows Circular Economy Should Be 'Key Instrument' in Climate Strategy

Recycling two-thirds of municipal solid waste (MSW) can reduce annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 4% in the European Union or by 6% globally, according to The Circular Economy as a Key Instrument for Reducing Climate Change, a new study conducted by CE Delft and commissioned by KIDV.

Producer responsibility programs for unwanted medicines spreading

In March, the Governor of Massachusetts "signed into law a bill that made Massachusetts the first state in the nation to require drug companies to safely dispose of unwanted medications as part of a comprehensive drug abuse prevention strategy," according to a news release from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI).

Upstream explains producer responsibility

In March testimony before a Rhode Island House committee (YouTube video), Jamie Rhodes of Upstream articulated the fairness and choice that extended producer responsibility (EPR) would bring to existing recycling systems:

Paint CEO to Washington Legislature: pass paint recycling bill

CEO of Miller Paint Steve Dearborn urged the Legislature to pass Washington HB 1571, to create a statewide paint recycling program, jobs and low cost quality recycled paint. Dearborn, in an op-ed in The Olympian Feb. 3, 2016, called the current paint disposal method of drying and throwing away latex paint "wasteful and harmful to the environment."

Paint stewardship in California reports successes

At the request of PaintCare, the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) evaluated the performance of the first two years of the PaintCare program in California, and released two reports highlighting "how the industry-run PaintCare stewardship program benefits retailers, residents, contractors, and local governments." Key findings include: