OTTAWA, Ontario - The paint and coatings industry has formally notified Canada’s Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) that it wants to establish its own program operation for post-consumer paint recycling in Ontario. The program will be separate from the current Municipal Household Hazardous Waste (MHSW) Program now run by Stewardship Ontario. The move will allow the industry to continue with successful post-consumer paint recycling in Ontario, as it has done for the past four years.

Paint and coatings is the largest category of waste in the MHSW program. It represents more than 40 percent of the dollar value of the entire program. “This effort signals the paint industry’s desire to continue the success it has achieved in Ontario over the past four years, where it regularly exceeded established recycling targets,” commented Dale Constantinoff, President of General Paint Corp. and CPCA Chair.

The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) has partnered with the Product Care Association to proceed with the creation of a separate program operation for post-consumer paint recycling in Ontario. Product Care has an impressive track record as a program operator for paint stewardship programs in seven of 10 Canadian provinces, with its first program established in British Columbia in 1994. Its program model was recently used in the United States to establish the PaintCare program. Product Care will bring its track record and experience in managing post-consumer paint programs to Ontario. Once approved, the ISP will allow better steward control of program elements such as governance, costs, performance metrics and fee setting.