In approving this resolution, the NPCA board of directors noted that there are many important considerations that must be addressed in a definitive way to allow for continued industry support.
• Consumer education must be a cornerstone of the system, to reduce the volume of leftover paint and the cost of its management
• Collecting or recycling latex paint in rural areas is not cost-effective
• Collecting or recycling latex paint in cans less than one-third full is not cost-effective
• Oil-based paint should be collected for disposal (due to its ignitability)
• There should be no mandatory “take back” at retail locations – although retailers and manufacturers may take back product voluntarily
• Industry expects to partner with government to share the cost and responsibility of managing post- consumer paint
• Where available, existing government collection infrastructure should be utilized
• Where non-existent, industry acknowledges it may need to subsidize a new collection system (e.g., such as the “Product Care” system in British Columbia)
• Paint collection and management must be as cost-effective as possible
• Costs should be fair, transparent to the consumer, and collected at retail
• An industry-run organization is needed to collect and allocate funds with full accountability
Finally, in moving forward with the development of the MOU, the design and establishment of a feasible pilot project, and in the ensuing expansion of activities towards a new nationally coordinated system, NPCA member companies expect to assign additional expert support personnel to the dialogue, including those with expertise in operations, distribution and marketing, to optimize the outcome.