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Sample Resolutions in Support of Product Stewardship Legislation

The Council has drafted resolutions for Washington local governments to express support for Paint Stewardship and Rechargeable Battery Stewardship legislation.

Legislative Work Session: Integrating Producer Responsibility Into Existing Systems

The Washington House Environment Committee held a Sept. 19, 2012, work session to hear from experts on product stewardship and the current solid waste system. The work session, Integrating Producer Responsibility Programs into Existing Solid Waste Handling Systems, included six speakers.

PaintCare Oregon Paint Stewardship Program Releases Second Annual Report

The industry-run Oregon PaintCare paint stewardship program released its second annual report on Sept. 4, 2012. Highlights include a 30% increase in used paint collected, and the collection of over 1 million gallons throughout Oregon since the program began in July 2010.

Article: B.C. Moving Quickly Toward Producer-Pays Recycling System

From the Globe and Mail, British Columbia producers have until November 2012 to submit draft plans for implementing full producer responsibility by May 2014.

California Mattress Stewardship Bill Fails

Despite the support of Waste Management, Recology, Republic Services, Inc., the California Retailers Association and others, SB 1118, the California used mattress recycling and recovery act, failed to pass. SB 1118 would have required that mattress manufacturers "develop, finance, and implement a convenient and cost-effective program to collect and recycle waste mattresses" by 2013.

Metro Inks Deal With Miller For Distribution of Recycled Paint Across Pacific Northwest

Miller Paint agrees to buy "at least 40,000 gallons of recycled paint from [Oregon] Metro each year through 2017." For more on paint stewardship, see the Council's paint page.

Oregon Drafts Materials Management Plan

After a series of stakeholder work sessions, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has drafted 2050 Vision and Framework for Action, an action plan and update to the state’s solid waste management plan. DEQ is seeking input on the draft through August 24.

Safe Chemicals Act Passes Senate Committee

The Safe Chemicals Act would revise the federal Toxic Substances Control Act and require the disclosure of more information about chemicals in products.

California Approves Paint Stewardship Plan

CalRecycle approved the American Coatings Association’s (ACA) PaintCare California Architectural Paint Stewardship Program Plan. The PaintCare program will begin October 19. See the ACA website for more information.

Alameda County Passes Medicine Return Ordinance

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the nation’s first ordinance requiring medicine manufacturers to create and fund a medicine take back program.