Paint recycling and the proper disposal of other household hazardous waste are making inroads in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Within the first six months of the province’s inaugural paint recycling program some 51,000 litres of used paint have been recycled, just short of the program’s year-long target, provincial officials announced.
In 2012, Newfoundland’s Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) also collected more than 46,500 litres of household hazardous waste through one-day community collection events.
“Paint often contains toxic or hazardous materials, and if dumped into the landfills or storm sewer systems, can pollute the air, land and water,” said the province’s Minister of Environment and Conservation, Tom Hedderson, in a December 2012 statement to media. “Proper management of leftover paint not only helps protect Newfoundland and Labrador’s environment for future generations, but it also brings the province another step closer to achieving the 50 per cent waste reduction goal of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy.”
Hedderson is also the minister responsible for the MMSB.
According to provincial officials, the average Newfoundlander generates about seven litres of household hazardous waste each year.
There are currently 51 paint collection depots across the province.
Since the MMSB started its household hazardous waste collection program in 1998, approximately 1.15 million litres of waste have been diverted from landfills.