Cascade Alliance

One Good Thing: New Paint Recycling Law Passes in the State of Washington

Working on a home renovation?  Recently painted your kitchen?  Are you the next Joanna Gaines?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, chances are you’re using/eventually going to use paint for part of the project.  If you’re anything like the majority of the population, you’ll probably have leftover paint in the can.

Yesterday, the State of Washington joined eight other states and the District of Columbia that have formalized a system for recycling paint.  Their new law will provide Washington residents and businesses with a convenient, safe, and environmentally friendly way to reuse or recycle their leftover latex and oil paint.

The program could result in the collection and recycling of more than 1.3 million gallons of paint annually.  It will be run by PaintCare, a nonprofit organization created by the paint industry.  Currently, PaintCare has processed more than 30 million gallons of paint and created 200 jobs.

We are encouraged to see this legislation pass and we’re thankful for groups like the Product Stewardship Institute who encourage this kind of leadership.  Now that there’s a paint stewardship law, we can’t wait to see Washington pass a mattress recycling stewardship law!