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Maine Bill Creates Paint Recycling Program
05/02/2013 02:06 PM ET  

Mainers would be able to drop off their old and unused paint at paint stores and other specified sites if a bill being reviewed becomes law.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Environment and Natural Resources Committee was told Thursday that the paint recycling proposal is modeled after programs in Oregon and California.

Alison Keane of the American Coatings Association said consumers would pay up-front costs for recycling of 35 cents for pints and quarts, 75 cents per gallon and $1.60 for a five-gallon bucket.

Each year, Mainers discard about 300,000 gallons of leftover paint that may contain dangerous chemicals; a lot of it ends up in landfills or incinerators. Bill supporters say Mainers now pay $2.4 million in local taxes and fees annually to collect used paint and send it to incinerators or landfills.



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