About the Massachusetts Paint Stewardship Bill
This year, the Massachusetts legislature introduced Senate Bill 2109 (S.2019; formerly S.2052 & S.408): An Act establishing the paint stewardship program, sponsored by Senator Anne Gobi, Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
If passed, this law would:
- hold the paint industry responsible for collecting and managing leftover paint across the state,
- significantly reduce local government household hazardous waste management costs,
- create convenient leftover paint collection infrastructure for residents, and
- increase paint recycling and recycling-sector jobs.
Paint stewardship legislation is actively supported by the American Coatings Association (representing 95% of paint manufacturers); therefore, producer responsibility for paint is not an uphill battle against manufacturers, but rather an opportunity to work with the industry to benefit MA municipalities financially and environmentally.
How Local Governments Can Help
Support from local governments across the state is key to passing paint stewardship legislation. PSI is currently compiling a file of letters of support on behalf of ACA to distribute during critical legislative meetings.
See the resources below to develop a letter of support and spread the word about the bill:
Please address letters of support to your Representative, CC'ing Chairman Dempsey.
Please send signed letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paint Stewardship Advocacy Day: Recap
On April 13th, stakeholders representing local government, businesses, and environmental organizations met with 30 legislators and legislative assistants, including the Ways and Means Committee leadership. Legislators and staff easily related to the problem of dealing with leftover paint, and were surprised by the huge cost it poses to local government. They asked thoughtful questions, and several indicated their intent to support the bill.
Many more stakeholders plugged in by email and phone, sharing the message about paint stewardship with their legislators. Several legislative aides told us they had just heard about the bill via phone, and were excited to learn more.
Thank you to everyone who participated, whether at the State House or via phone. You each bring a unique perspective to the table, and we are grateful for the insights you provided during these meetings and calls.
If you didn’t have a chance to participate on April 13th, it’s not too late. You can make a huge difference in just 5 minutes by calling and/or emailing your State Representative. Find your Representative here.
SAMPLE PHONE MESSAGE: Hello. I am a [recycling coordinator/local government official/etc.] in [town] and I urge you to support Senate Bill 2109, which would create a paint stewardship program in Massachusetts. This industry-supported bill would save our town $XXX in annual paint management costs.* It would also provide a convenient recycling outlet for our residents and create green-sector jobs. This bill would be a major step forward for waste reduction and recycling in our state, and we strongly encourage your support.
TEMPLATE EMAIL: Dear [Representative name], As [recycling coordinator/waste manager/position] for [town] I am writing to urge your support for Senate Bill 2109, which would create a paint stewardship program in Massachusetts. This industry-supported bill would save [town] $XXX in annual paint management costs.* It would also provide a convenient recycling outlet for our residents and create green-sector jobs. This bill would be a major step forward for waste reduction and recycling in our state, and I strongly encourage your support. Thank you for your consideration and for your leadership on this important issue.
*if you don't know how much your town spends on paint each year, say/write " This industry-supported bill would save Massachusetts municipalities an estimated $1.3 million in annual paint management costs." We can provide data to support this statement
- January 25, 2016: Referred to the House Ways & Means Committee
- January 21, 2016: Passed by the Senate to be engrossed
- November 18, 2015: Laid over until next session
- November 11, 2015: Committee recommended ought to pass with an amendment. Bill number changed to S2052. Bill placed in the Senate Orders of the Day for November 18, 2015.
- July 23, 2015: Reported favorably by Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. Referred to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.
- June 23, 2015: Heard by Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
- April 15, 2015: Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture