Ontario Paint Manufacturers Support Recycling Regulation

The Ontario government has published updated regulation for paint recycling as part of the proposed Hazardous and Special Products (HSP) regulation. The Canada Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) was pleased to see the commitment to ensuring that the new regulation would “moderately reduce the administrative cost to business.” Paint manufacturers have been committed to post-consumer paint recycling since the EPR (extended producer responsibility) programs for waste recovery began in 2009 in Canada, it says. Paint recycling is mandated under provincial jurisdiction across Canada and managed effectively by program operators in all 10 provinces. In Ontario, the non-Blue Box programs or non-packaging producers, have always paid 100 per cent of the costs for recycling as they do in all provinces. For paint recycling in Ontario, this represents more than 10,000 tonnes of paint waste recycled annually, which is more than a third of the total recovered under the current MHSW (municipal hazardous or special waste) program. It represents the equivalent volume required to paint 250,000 average size homes. Over the past six years, the program operator for paint recycling in Ontario increased the number of retail drop-off sites by 53 per cent. In addition, hundreds of municipal depots and events have provided Ontarians with many options to return leftover paint for recycling. This strong accessibility approach has been the main reason for the consistent success of the paint recycling program in Ontario.