Stewardship in Connecticut

Stewardship in Connecticut

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Connecticut is moving ahead with implementing its paint stewardship program after the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection approved the plan this week and the state house passed what would be the country's first mattress recycling bill.

The paint stewardship program, the fruits of legislation passed in 2011, will launch July 1, to be implemented by the paint industry-funded nonprofit organization PaintCare. The organization, established by the American Coatings Association, manages Oregon and California's paint stewardship programs passed in 2010 and 2012, respectively. The program will be funded the same was as in those two states, via a small "PaintCare Recovery Fee" that manufacturers pay to the organization for each container of paint sold. The fee is typically passed on to retailers which, in turn, pass it on to consumers at point-of-sale.

The paint recovery fees fund the entire take-back program, including administration collection, recycling, public outreach and transportation.

By an overwhelming 117-21 vote, the Connecticut House this week passed House Bill 6437, which would set up a recycling program for the estimated 350,000 mattresses disposed of in the Constitution State each year.

The bill, which would save municipalities in the state more than $1.3 million annually, sets up a recovery program be funded by a point-of-sale fee of $8-to-$12, similar to the abovementioned paint stewardship program. The bill requires the mattress industry to create a nonprofit organization to manage end-of-life mattresses and tasks that organization with "achieving continuous, meaningful improvement in improving the rate of mattress recycling in the state."

The bill now moves to the state senate, where it will be considered next week.

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