Maine House Votes On Leftover Paint Measure 

In a vote of 97-45, the Maine House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bipartisan measure that would create a responsible industry-run program to recycle leftover paint that can contain toxic and hazardous chemicals. The bill, LD 1308 “An Act To Establish a Stewardship Program for Architectural Paint,” uses the “product stewardship” model of assigning the responsibility of collection, recycling and disposal of used products to the manufacturers. LD 1308 is modeled after a pilot program created in Oregon. During the first year of Oregon’s program, more than 450,000 gallons of paint were collected. The Portland Oregon regional governments saved more than $1 million of its $5.4 million total household hazardous waste budget, according to testimony in support of the bill from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. The Maine Senate also gave final approval to the bill on Tuesday. It will now be sent to the Governor for further action.