Washington Paint Stewardship Activities
HB 1376 concerning paint stewardship, backed by the American Coatings Association, would create a paint recycling program for Washington's residents and businesses. HB 1376 passed the House Environment Committee on Feb. 14 and Appropriations Feb. 22 but did not move to a floor vote prior to the cut-off date and is dead this session but will likely be taken up again in 2018, the second year of the biennium.
Watch video of the Jan. 26, 2017 hearing in the House Committee on Environment.
CEO of Miller Paint, Steve Dearborn, while testifying in support of the bill last year, indicated his intention to open a paint processing facility in Washington if the bill passes, to recycle unused paint from the stewardship program and create up to 30 jobs.
HB 1376 would create a collection program for the recycling or proper disposal of unwanted architectural paint in Washington state, similar to industry-operated paint stewardship programs in eight states and the District of Columbia. The bill has the support of paint manufacturers, environmental organizations, and local governments, and Washington remains the only state on the west coast without such a manufacturer-run paint stewardship program.
Tools for Local Government Support of Paint Stewardship in Washington
The NWPSC created a sample resolution, support letter, and fact sheets for use by local governments. These Word documents can be customized for use by your local government or jurisdiction:
- sample Resolution in Support (Word) of paint stewardship (local governments in King County version)
- Why We Need a Paint Stewardship Law in Washington State (PDF)
- Comparing Paint Management in Washington and Oregon (PDF)
- Summary of Paint Hazards (PDF)
- How Does the Paint Assessment Work? (PDF)
- Management of Unwanted Architectural Paint in Washington (PDF) new report which describes Washington's current paint collection and recycling programs and projects what a product stewardship system would look like if implemented
Paint stewardship in the news
- Paint Recycling: More Fun Than Watching It Dry, Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) event in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR, Dec. 1, 2016
- Paint recycling bill can reduce waste, create jobs, The Olympian, Feb. 3, 2016
- Washington delegation tours MetroPaint to see recycling in action, (article and video) November 2015
- Portland Radio Project's Nov. 9, 2015 interview with PaintCare and MetroPaint representatives
- Building suppliers paint a prettier picture for materials recycler, Portland Business Journal, April 16, 2015
- King 5 News aired a segment on the paint recycling bill on Dec. 19, 2014.