Rhode Island Paint Recycling Producer Responsibility Bill Becomes Law

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

June 26, 2012

1 Min Read
Rhode Island Paint Recycling Producer Responsibility Bill Becomes Law

Rhode Island’s governor has signed into law the fourth paint recycling producer responsibility bill in the United States.

Gov. Lincoln Chaffee signed the new law requiring that paint companies selling paint in Rhode Island take responsibility for collecting and reusing, recycling or disposing of the products. The signing was confirmed by Alison Keane, vice president for government affairs for the Washington-based American Coatings Association. The association created the model for the bill.

The new law calls for the creation of an unused paint recycling program in Rhode Island, managed by a paint trade organization, funded by a surcharge on retail paint products and paid by consumers. Retailers who sell paint will be required to supply information on where to return unused product. Only those manufacturers who participate in the program can sell paint products in the state.

 “It’s a significant milestone for paint stewardship in the United States,” says Scott Cassel, CEO of the Boston-based Product Stewardship Institute. He says the new law can save Rhode Island $1.7 million annually in collection and recycling costs.

“We’re very pleased that he signed it into law,” Keane says. “We want as many states as possible to use our model, so it’ll be consistent.”

House Bill 7233 was sponsored by Rep. Donna Walsh and Senate Bill 2083 by Sen. Dominick Ruggerio.

Rhode Island follows Oregon, California and Connecticut as states with paint recycling producer responsibility laws.



About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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