OTTAWA, Ontario - After several months of extensive consultation with Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) and Stewardship Ontario (SO), the Canadian paint and coatings industry has formally submitted an Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) to run its own producer-managed waste reduction program in Ontario. WDO is a not-for-profit organization charged with the task of approving the ISP, as outlined under Ontario’s Waste Diversion Act. Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) members, the paint and coatings stewards in Ontario, selected Product Care as the new program operator for Ontario.

“We were pleased to be asked by CPCA members to make a formal application as the program operator for post-consumer paint recycling in Ontario, and we are looking forward to providing services to the industry as we currently do in seven other provinces,” said Mark Kurschner, President of the Product Care Association.

Product Care has operated post-consumer paint recycling programs since 1994, when the first individual producer program in Canada was started by the paint industry in British Columbia. In the United States, Product Care also advises the American Coatings Association (ACA) in launching its PaintCare program, now operating in three states and four currently in the planning stages.

The new program is expected to be operational by January 1, 2014.