April 8, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Paint and paint containers may now be recycled through the new Paint Stewardship Program managed by Recycle NB. Environment Minister Roland Haché joined Recycle New Brunswick to launch the program today in Fredericton.
"I am pleased that the Paint Stewardship Program is up and running," Haché said. "I commend Recycle New Brunswick and paint retailers and manufacturers for working together to develop a progressive program that will allow paint to be recycled. Obviously, recycling is a huge part of environmental stewardship. Any time waste can be diverted from landfills and put to other uses, our environment benefits."
As part of the new extended producer responsibility, model paint retailers and manufacturers will be responsible for collecting and managing left over paint and old paint containers.
New Brunswickers may get information on drop-off locations at www.recyclenb.com or by calling 1-888-322-8473. There are 42 approved drop-off locations, with more to be added later this year.
Consumers may drop off paint at any approved location. Once the paint has been dropped off, it is sent to a paint recycling company in Nova Scotia for sorting. Once the paint has been sorted by type and colour, it is sent to a paint manufacturer in Victoriaville, Que., which processes the paint into a new product.
"I encourage all New Brunswickers when they clean out their garages, sheds and basements this spring, to recycle their old paint," Haché said. "Recycling this paint will contribute to the sustainability of our environment and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills."
Recycle NB was created to manage waste reduction programs in the province. In addition to the Paint Stewardship Program, Recycle NB manages the Tire Stewardship Program.
"A single drop of wasted recyclable paint is too much," said Murray Driscoll, chair of Recycle NB. "Recycle NB encourages all New Brunswickers to become involved since protecting our environment is a shared responsibility."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Murray Driscoll, chair, Recycle NB, 506-454-8473; Yves Gagnon, vice-chair, Recycle NB, 506-875-1896.