Latest News

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.

Ecology Invites Public Comment on Proposed Rule for Mercury Lights Stewardship Program

The Washington Department of Ecology proposes adopting a rule that is necessary to carry out the law creating the state Mercury-Containing Lights Product Stewardship Program. Ecology invites the public to comment on the proposed rule until August 14. For more on the law, see the Council's Mercury Legislation page.

Battery Manufacturers Seek Stewardship Organization

The Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR - primary battery manufacturers Energizer, Duracell, Panasonic, and Rayovac) issued a RFP for a stewardship organization – see for more information. Proposals are due August 3. CBR states that it will "launch a voluntary, national program for primary battery collection and recycling" in April 2013.