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Subchapter 004 : Paint Stewardship Program(Cite as: 10 V.S.A. § 6673)
§ 6673. Paint Stewardship Program
(a) A producer or a stewardship organization representing producers shall submit a plan for the establishment of a Paint Stewardship Program to the Secretary for approval by December 1, 2013. The plan shall address the following:
(1) Provide a list of participating producers and brands covered by the Program.
(2) Provide specific information on the architectural paint products covered under the Program, such as interior or exterior water- and oil-based coatings, primers, sealers, or wood coatings.
(3) Describe how the Program proposed under the plan will collect, transport, recycle, and process postconsumer paint for end-of-life management, including recycling, energy recovery, and disposal, using environmentally sound management practices.
(4) Describe the Program and how it will provide for convenient and available statewide collection of postconsumer architectural paint in urban and rural areas of the State. The producer or stewardship organization shall use the existing household hazardous waste collection infrastructure when selecting collection points for postconsumer architectural paint. A paint retailer shall be authorized as a paint collection point of postconsumer architectural paint for a Paint Stewardship Program if the paint retailer volunteers to act as a paint collection point and complies with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.
(5) Provide geographic information modeling to determine the number and distribution of sites for collection of postconsumer architectural paint based on the following criteria:
(A) at least 90 percent of Vermont residents shall have a permanent collection site within a 15-mile radius; and
(B) one additional permanent site will be established for every 10,000 residents of a municipality and additional sites shall be distributed to provide convenient and reasonably equitable access for residents within each municipality, unless otherwise approved by the Secretary.
(6) Establish goals to reduce the generation of postconsumer paint, to promote the reuse of postconsumer paint, and for the proper management of postconsumer paint as practical based on current household hazardous waste program information. The goals may be revised by the producer or stewardship organization based on the information collected for the annual report.
(7) Describe how postconsumer paint will be managed in the most environmentally and economically sound manner, including following the waste-management hierarchy. The management of paint under the Program shall use management activities that promote source reduction, reuse, recycling, energy recovery, and disposal.
(8) Describe education and outreach efforts to inform consumers of collection opportunities for postconsumer paint and to promote the source reduction and recycling of architectural paint for each of the following: consumers, contractors, and retailers.
(b) The producer or stewardship organization shall submit a budget for the Program proposed under subsection (a) of this section, and for any amendment to the plan that would affect the Program's costs. The budget shall include a funding mechanism under which each architectural paint producer remits to a stewardship organization payment of a paint stewardship assessment for each container of architectural paint it sells in this State. Prior to submitting the proposed budget and assessment to the Secretary, the producer or stewardship organization shall provide the budget and assessment to a third-party auditor agreed upon by the Secretary. The third-party auditor shall provide a recommendation as to whether the proposed budget and assessment is cost-effective, reasonable, and limited to covering the cost of the Program. The paint stewardship assessment shall be added to the cost of all architectural paint sold in Vermont. To ensure that the funding mechanism is equitable and sustainable, a uniform paint stewardship assessment shall be established for all architectural paint sold. The paint stewardship assessment shall be approved by the Secretary and shall be sufficient to recover, but not exceed, the costs of the Paint Stewardship Program.
(c) Beginning no later than July 1, 2014, or three months after approval of the plan for a Paint Stewardship Program required under subsection (a) of this section, whichever occurs later, a producer of architectural paint sold at retail or a stewardship organization of which a producer is a member shall implement the approved plan for a Paint Stewardship Program.
(d) A producer or a stewardship organization of which a producer is a member shall promote a Paint Stewardship Program and provide consumers with educational and informational materials describing collection opportunities for postconsumer paint Statewide and promotion of waste prevention, reuse, and recycling. The educational and informational program shall make consumers aware that the funding for the operation of the Paint Stewardship Program has been added to the purchase price of all architectural paint sold in the State.
(e) A plan approved under this section shall provide for collection of postconsumer architectural paint at no cost to the person from whom the architectural paint is collected.
(f) When a plan or amendment to an approved plan is submitted under this section, the Secretary shall make the proposed plan or amendment available for public review and comment for at least 30 days.
(g) A producer or paint stewardship organization shall submit to the Secretary for review, in the same manner as required under subsection 6675(a) of this title, an amendment to an approved plan when there is:
(1) a change to a paint stewardship assessment under the plan;
(2) an addition to or removal of a category of products covered under the Program; or
(3) a revision of the product stewardship organization's goals.
(h) A plan approved by the Secretary under section 6675 of this title shall have a term not to exceed five years, provided that the producer remains in compliance with the requirements of this chapter and the terms of the approved plan.
(i) In addition to the requirements specified in subsection (a) of this section, a stewardship organization shall notify the Secretary in writing within 30 days of any change to:
(1) the number of collection sites for postconsumer architectural paint identified under this section as part of the plan;
(2) the producers identified under this section as part of the plan;
(3) the brands of architectural paint identified under this section as part of the plan; and
(4) the processors that manage postconsumer architectural paint identified under this section as part of the plan.
(j) Upon submission of a plan to the Secretary under this section, a producer or a stewardship organization shall pay the fee required by 3 V.S.A. § 2822(j)(31). Thereafter, the producer or stewardship organization shall pay the fee required by 3 V.S.A. § 2822(j)(31) annually by July 1 of each year. (Added 2013, No. 58, § 1, eff. June 3, 2013; amended 2019, No. 131 (Adj. Sess.), § 38.)