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Oregon first to allow free return of unused paint

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Oregon is poised to become the first state where consumers can return leftover cans of latex or oil-based paint to retailers for recycling and reuse.

Leftover paint is the most common item brought to household hazardous waste collections and often ends up in landfills instead of being recycled as paint or cement or being burned as fuel.

But the state’s paint “take-back” program, which starts Thursday, also means higher prices for paint and bookkeeping challenges for retailers. To pay for the program, the state is imposing fees on new paint — as much as $1.60 for a five-gallon can — that retailers will pass on to consumers.

Still, officials say the innovative program to be rolled out nationally will be good for the environment, and some customers are supportive, as well.

Read more at The Register Guard.

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0 #1 Paint Recycling "At No Charge."Jim2 2010-06-30 11:34:06
Actually there is a charge...
It is paid by the consumer when paint is purchased.
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