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Government urged to stimulate paint remanufacturing industry

Local authorities could reduce costs in dealing with waste paint by 40% if the Government took steps to create a remanufacturing market, according to the British Coatings Federation (BCF).

The BCF made the claim at the launch of the UK PaintCare initiative at the House of Commons on 18 November.

An interim report, Creating a circular economy for leftover decorative paint in the UK, made a number of recommendations to stimulate a remanufacturing paint industry.

These included calls for the Government to ensure regulations do not burden paint remanufacturers, and to identify funding mechanisms to pay for remanufacturing costs “if an economic model cannot be established”.

It also said the Government should give 5% of its painting contracts to companies that use a “significant percentage” of remanufactured content in its paints.

The paint industry was also urged to introduce a quality protocol for remanufacturing.

In addition, it said council household waste recovery centres should accept liquid paint to help prevent an estimated 50 million litres a year being landfilled or incinerated.

Incinerating waste paint costs councils around £17.1m a year.

The report estimated the total cost to local authorities of dealing with waste paint a year was around £20.6m, and that if the recommendations were taken on this would drop 40% to £11.9m

Peter Jones, chairman of the BCF Leftover Paint Steering Group, said: “The key roadblocks have been identified, outlined in the 15 recommendations below, and the next 12 months will be spent working closely with all involved to try to remove some of the remaining obstacles to creating a new remanufacturing sector, which also solves a major household waste issue and at lower cost to all stakeholders.”

PaintCare has already garnered the support of 19 MPs through an early day motion sponsored by the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group Chairman Barry Sheerman.

The PaintCare initiative was created by the American Coatings Association, which passed the first paint stewardship law in Oregon in 2009. The legislation resulted in a pilot programme for an industry-led scheme to manage leftover paint.

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