Product Care Association

Product Care Association

August 20, 2013 08:00 ET

Over 289,000 Litres of Paint Diverted: New Brunswickers Get Behind Paint Recycling in a Big Way

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 20, 2013) - It's clear that commitment to the environment is alive and well in New Brunswick. The 2012 New Brunswick Paint Recycling Program Annual Report released this month indicates that in 2012 alone, New Brunswickers have diverted over 289,000 litres of paint from the province's landfills and waterways.

Over 72 per cent of the paint collected through the program was reused or recycled by Product Care Association, the industry-appointed organization responsible for establishing, collecting and managing leftover paint in New Brunswick.

In partnership with Recycle NB, Product Care has established an extensive and accessible paint recycling program for New Brunswick with 62 waste paint collection sites having been established across the province.

"Keeping paint out of landfill is very important. Improper disposal could have it leaking into waterways affecting fish and wildlife. The best way to dispose of leftover paint is to drop it off for recycling at one of the many recycling sites in the province," said Product Care Association President Mark Kurschner.

From the New Brunswick Paint Recycling Program's inception in April 2009 to December 31, 2012, almost 900,000 litres of waste paint has been reused, recycled or recovered for energy.

The reuse program, or Paint Exchange Program, is especially useful for New Brunswick residents. Through the Paint Exchange Program, better quality paint returned to collections sites is made available for the public to take and use - for free! In 2012, Paint Exchange was offered at 28 collection sites across New Brunswick, resulting in an estimated 1,229 litres of paint being given away at no charge.

For a complete list of accepted paint products and to find a paint drop-off or Paint Exchange location, visit www.productcare.org/New-Brunswick.

About Product Care Association:

A not-for-profit industry association, Product Care has been helping its members protect the environment by diverting household hazardous and special waste from ending up in landfills and waterways, since 1994. It began with one product - paint. Now, Product Care manages a variety of product stewardship programs, from lighting products to outdoor power equipment, for a growing number of industry members across Canada.

About Recycle NB:

Recycle NB's mandate is to manage waste reduction programs for designated materials under the provisions of the Clean Environment Act and to provide environmental stewardship for these materials. Recycle NB manages the tire, paint, oil and glycol programs and plans are to add additional waste programs in the near future.

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