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."

HB 1571 would create easier recycling for customers, more foot traffic in stores, and potentially more jobs recycling unwanted paint. Dearborn said Miller Paint is considering opening a latex paint recycling facility in Washington should this bill pass, to create more low cost, quality, recycled paint like that which is made and sold in Oregon by MetroPaint.

Miller Paint operates paint retail stores in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and has been a part of the Oregon PaintCare program to collect and recycle paint since its start in 2010. Washington HB 1571 would create a system similar to Oregon's program. PaintCare, an industry nonprofit stewardship organization, operates paint collection programs for the recycling or proper disposal of unwanted architectural paint in eight states and the District of Columbia. Dearborn also testified in favor the HB 1571 in 2015 with two other business owners.