The Alberta government has approved the Paint and Paint Container Designation Regulation under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. The regulation designates certain materials for waste minimization, recycling and waste management in accordance with the associated Designated Material Recycling and Management Regulation. The materials targeted by the regulation are: paint supplied in unpressurized containers with a capacity of greater than 99 millilitres and less than 24 litres; paint supplied in pressurized aerosol containers; and, paint containers.
The definition of “paint” includes latex, oil, or solvent-based coatings, stains, finishing oils, varnishes, lacquers and wood or masonry treatment products. It does not include paints that are specifically formulated for automotive or industrial applications or marine anti-fouling applications, unless the paints are supplied in pressurized aerosol containers. The definition also does not include tar-based concrete sealants.
Starting April 1, 2008, unused paint and empty paint containers will be collected and recycled under a new provincial stewardship program managed by the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA). Paint suppliers, such as manufacturers, brand owners and retailers, will be required to pay environmental fees to the stewardship program based on their paint sales in Alberta. Suppliers will be permitted to pass those environmental fees onto their customers, and may show the environmental fees separately on retail receipts.