Paint Product Stewardship Initiative NAHMMA Conference September 22, 2005Tacoma, WA Scott Cassel, PSI Executive Director
$16-35 mil. $8 23% 50% Estimated # of gallons leftover in U.S. annually Estimated average cost/gallon to manage Increase in CA paint collection 2001-2003 Drop in recycled content paint purchase by CA state agencies between 2001-2004 Wake Up Call! This is not sustainable!! What Do These Numbers Mean to Paint Management In the U.S.?
Product Stewardship Institute • Non-Profit Founded in December 2000 • Based in Boston, MA • Coalition Members • Agency leaders pledge to work with PSI on product stewardship issues • 31 State members • 28 Local agency members
Let’s Look at thePaint Dialogue Process… • Research (10/02 – 9/03) – 1 year • Technical Research Document • Paint Stewardship Action Plan • Dialogue (12/03 – 9/04) – 9 months • 4 meetings • Numerous workgroup conference calls • Project Implementation (4/05 – 10/06) – 18 months • Designing a nationally coordinated paint management system (10/06-4/07)
PSI Role in Paint Dialogue • Facilitate/mediate the dialogue • Provide technical research and analysis • Design and implement pilot projects • Clearinghouse for paint product stewardship policies, programs, and data. www.productstewardship.us • Glue holding the pieces together….
Dialogue Group Focused On: • Post-consumer leftover paint - latex and oil-based • Retail surplus paint • Not on post-industrial paint waste
During the Dialogue We Got Agreement on… • Problem Statement • Goals • Key Issues • Strategies prioritized
Why is Paint a Problem? • High volume • Significant cost to government to manage • Can contain low levels of VOCs, fungicides and hazardous metals (in very old paint) • Lack of infrastructure for recovery, reuse, recycling • Lack of markets for recycled paint Paint is a problem based on the volume, cost to manage, and high potential for increased recovery, reuse and recycling.
The Primary Goal Is To Develop Initiatives That Result In: • Reduced paint waste; • Efficient collection, reuse, and recycling of leftover paint; • Increased markets for recycled paint; and • A sustainable financing system to cover end-of-life management costs.
Secondary Goals Are To… • Decrease improper disposal of paint • Attain the highest value for surplus paint • Improve container collection and recycling • Reduce paint toxicity
The Dialogue Phase… AGREEMENTS MEETING 4 Review progress Created MOU • Workgroups #1-3 • Develop findings • Draft work plans MEETING 1 • Workgroups #8-10 • Develop Findings • Draft work plans START Discuss Priority Issues and Strategies MEETING 3 • Groups #4-7: present findings/plans • Discuss Issues/Strategies #8-10 MEETING 2 Workgroup Activity • Workgroups #4-7 • Develop Findings • Draft work plans Dialogue Meeting • Groups #1-3: present findings/plans • Discuss Issues/Strategies #4-7 December 2003 April 2004 June 2004 September 2004
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)Was Fully Executed on March 15, 2005
Additionally… The MOU is a first step toward a nationally coordinated leftover paint management system Highlights Include: • Recognition of the problem with leftover paint • National waste reduction and management goals • Participant roles and responsibilities • Financing system (if needed)
MOU Continued… • Project Portfolio – 11 projects • $1.2 million • Established multi-stakeholder steering committee to guide process • Timeframe for resuming financing discussion 18 months • Continue meeting for 2 years • MOU is not legally binding • MOU does not waive any rights or obligations
The Purpose of the Projects • Demonstrate the potential to reduce the volume of leftover paint and the cost of managing leftover paint; • Increase the use of leftover paint as a resource; • Increase government and private purchase of products made from leftover paint.
Project PortfolioFormation of Project Workgroups • Education - 2 projects (survey and pilot) • Infrastructure – 3 projects (reuse, model and $) • Markets – 3 projects (PPSI, Distributor, Recycled Paint Certification) • Regulatory - White Paper • Lifecycle and Cost/Benefit Analysis • Finance - National financing options
A: The Steering Committee… Q: Who is Steering the Ship? • Manufacturers – 5 (NPCA 4, Dunn Edwards) • Recyclers – 1 (Amazon) • Retailers – 1 (vacant) • State government – 3 (WA, CA, FL) • Local government – 2 (Metro OR & Sonoma Cty CA) • Federal government –1 (EPA)
Where Are We Now? • MOU signed by 31 participants + endorsed by 35 others outside dialogue • Seven projects have started - $850,000 raised from manufacturers, recyclers, and government • Workgroups are convened except for Financing Workgroup which starts in October
Results to Date • Developed (by consensus) Guidance for the Management of Leftover Paint • Spinoffs • NH and VT recycler • Earth 911 and NPCA • Private connections
What Are The Next Steps? • Complete initial projects (raise funds for some) • Start last 4 projects • Convene Financing Workgroup • Accepting endorsements of MOU – 35 currently • Accepting technical assistance, workgroups • Accepting funding – can select a specific project
We Have Come A Long Way in a Short Time! • Increased understanding – all participants • Increased manufacturer and retailer involvement • New relationships formed • Attitudes have changed – a lot!
To Summarize…… • “Product Stewardship” is a tool in the toolbox • A Dialogue is both art and science • Paint dialogue is a good example of a product stewardship effort in the United States • You can support Product Stewardship by becoming a PSI member, endorsing the paint dialogue, funding the dialogue, and/or participating on a workgroup
Heidi Sanborn PSI Consultant (916) 485-7753 Hksanborn@comcast.net Scott Cassel PSI Executive Director 617-236-4855 firstname.lastname@example.org www.productstewardship.us For More Information Contact…