Product Care's Industry Stewardship Plan will lead to more recycling convenience for consumers and increased diversion of paints and coatings from Ontario landfills
TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) today approved an industry-led plan from Product Care Association (Product Care) that will result in increased diversion of paint from Ontario's landfills and more opportunities for consumers to recycle their used paint and coatings. The new program will take effect no sooner than June 2015.
"The WDO Board's decision to approve Product Care's plan means more places to drop off unwanted or leftover paint and coatings, and more products are included in the ISP," said Michael Scott, WDO's CEO. "More paint and coatings will be collected, leading to more recycling and a cleaner environment for all Ontarians."
Before making a decision on Product Care's plan, WDO undertook an 18-month comprehensive evaluation to determine the ISP's potential effects on the environment, marketplace and stakeholders, including municipalities and the public. Product Care already provides programs to recycle paint in BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, and PEI.
Additional material will be covered by Product Care's ISP, including non-pesticide marine coatings and all paints and coatings in aerosol containers. Product Care will also introduce a paint reuse program under which municipalities will be reimbursed for offering their residents free, high quality paint at local, municipal depots.
The new program will take effect no sooner than June 2015 to allow WDO the time it needs to lead the transition process from the current MHSW Program (Orange Drop) operated by Stewardship Ontario to the new program operated by Product Care.
"I would like to acknowledge the great work Stewardship Ontario has done to divert paint for Ontario since 2008," Scott continued. "Stewardship Ontario has consistently exceeded their targets for paint and WDO has been very pleased with these outstanding results."
Over the next several months, WDO will lead a municipal transition working group to address any operational details before the plan takes effect. As part of its oversight role, WDO will monitor the plan to make sure it meets recycling targets and other requirements.
Waste Diversion Ontario (www.wdo.ca) is the not-for-profit industry-funded organization that oversees Ontario's current programs for electrical and electronic equipment ("e-waste"), used tires, Blue Box material, and hazardous waste. For more information on this announcement please follow the link: http://wdo.ca/news/
"We are pleased that Product Care's industry stewardship plan for post-consumer paint recycling in Ontario has been approved. We have had very positive experiences working with them on stewardship programs in seven other provinces across Canada and are confident that they will positively advance paint recycling here in Ontario."
Darrin Noble, Vice President and General Manager, Paint and Home Products, Home Hardware Stores Ltd.
"We applaud today's decision to move forward with an industry-led plan that supports the growth and development of paint recycling in Ontario. Product Care commits to using the time prior to the program's effective date to continue its extensive consultation and dialogue efforts with municipalities, service providers, and stewards."
Mark Kurschner, President, Product Care Association.
SOURCE: Waste Diversion Ontario