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Managing Post-Consumer Paint. Alison Keane, Counsel Government Affairs National Paint and Coatings Association. NPCA . The National Paint and Coatings Association is a voluntary non-profit association, originally organized in 1888

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managing post consumer paint

Managing Post-Consumer Paint

Alison Keane, Counsel

Government Affairs

National Paint and Coatings Association

  • The National Paint and Coatings Association is a voluntary non-profit association, originally organized in 1888
  • NPCA represents approximately 300 manufacturers, distributors, and raw material suppliers to the industry
    • Paint and other Coatings
    • Adhesives
    • Sealants
    • Caulks
  • Serve as advocate, compliance assistance resource and community liaison
    • Legislative
    • Regulatory
    • Judicial
  • Paint identified as the #1 issue by cost and volume for Household Hazardous Waste Programs
  • NPCA worked with individual states on issue for decades
  • PPSI formed w/facilitation by Product Stewardship Institute
    • capable of effectively coordinating multi-stakeholder and multi-state approach to the issue
  • NPCA joined PPSI in 2002
    • Coordinated approach versus state-by-state approach
    • Provide better information to state and local governments
    • Gain better information from non-industry stakeholders
  • Goal was to find a resolution
    • Status Quo not adequate to address challenge
background cont
Background Cont.
  • NPCA signed 1st MOU in 2005 outlining dialogue participation and pilot projects
    • Projects address the potential to eliminate or lower leftover paint volume and cost
    • Projects address data gaps
  • NPCA sponsored projects
    • Reuse Guidance Document
    • Education Survey/Recommendations Report
    • HSE White Paper
    • Lifecycle/Cost Benefit Analysis Report
    • New “Paint Wise” Earth 911 website
  • Lifecycle/Cost Benefit only project not yet complete
march 2007 resolution
March 2007 Resolution
  • Building off 1st MOU NPCA’s Board approved a resolution in March 2007 to:
    • To continue participation in the PPSI
    • Enter into a new MOU (1st expired March 2007)
    • Begin development of a new nationally coordinated system for the management of post-consumer waste paint
  • Key Elements
    • Consumer Education
    • No Mandatory Retail Take-Back
    • Cost Effective
    • Industry Operated Product Stewardship Organization
    • Consumer Fee Based Financing
    • Begin w/Pilot Project
new mou
  • Outlines continued participation in the PPSI
  • Pilot Project in the State of Minnesota in 2008 with systematic roll-out to other critical states
    • California in 2010
  • Consumer-based cost recovery system for financing
    • Fee passed on to consumer through retailer
  • Industry-run Product Stewardship Organization
  • No Mandatory Retail Take Back
  • Provision for legislation/regulation to address potential anti-trust and fairness issues
up front funding
Up-Front Funding
  • NPCA has agreed to provide funding for the design of the PSO
    • Implementation will not be undertaken without sustainable financing system
  • NPCA has agreed to provide funding for the design of the MN project:
    • MN Collection/Disposal Business Plan
    • Education/Marketing Campaign Proposal
  • NPCA has committed funding for PSI (shared w/Government Groups)
  • NPCA has committed funding for completion of LCA/CBA of paint disposal methods
mn demonstration project
MN Demonstration Project
  • Contracted with Product Care for assistance with MN Demonstration Project
    • Canadian non-profit industry Product Stewardship Organization
  • Established Programs
    • British Columbia
    • Nova Scotia
    • Saskatchewan
  • Pending Programs
    • Manitoba
    • Alberta
mn demonstration project cont
MN Demonstration Project Cont.
  • PSO design
    • Governance
    • Administration
    • Risk Management
  • MN Business Plan
    • Capital Requirements
    • Budget
    • Collection Systems (Current and New)
    • Processing methods (Reuse, Recycling, Disposal)
    • Performance Measurements
    • Stakeholder Reporting
mn demonstration project cont1
MN Demonstration Project Cont.
  • Will contract with Marketing firm for Education/Outreach
    • Label Changes
    • Retail Displays
    • Reactivated Website
    • PSA’s
  • Contracted with ERG (Consulting Firm) for Completion of LCA/CBA
    • Comparison of post-consumer paint management methods
sustainable financing
Sustainable Financing
  • 2nd MOU and Nationally Coordinated System contingent on sustainable financing system
  • Model is successful Canadian paint programs
  • Producers and/or Retailers pay fee into PSO based on sales of paint and pass this cost to consumers through visible or invisible fee
    • Utilizes shared responsibility approach
    • Paint is not an inherent waste product
    • Latex paint is not a hazardous waste
retail participation
Retail Participation
  • Key component of sustainable financing system is retail participation
  • NPCA, PSI, PPSI participants working with retail partners now to educate and garner support
    • Post-consumer paint issue
    • Canadian paint product stewardship programs
  • Must partner with retail to reach consumer
    • Fee
    • Education/Outreach
  • Legislation may be necessary to address level playing field and potential anti-trust issue
next steps
Next Steps
  • Signature on MOU is first step – much more work to be done to accomplish ultimate goal!
  • Continue discussions with Retail Industry to come up with an agreement on a consumer based sustainable financing system
  • Establish framework for PSO
  • Design MN Demonstration Project
  • Complete LCA/CBA
  • All to be coordinated through the PPSI stakeholder group