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Green Paint Program

Organization(s) New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services
Project Description The Household Hazardous Waste Program has initiated a "green" paint public-private education campaign on the proper methods of disposing of surplus household and commercial paint. The campaign, a partnership between DES and paint retail stores in New Hampshire, has begun distributing informational materials to educate consumers at the point-of-purchase about the possible disposal problem that can result from unwanted leftover paint. The stores provide consumers with various informational items, including paint can stickers, paint stirrers, and brochures containing helpful tips on paint disposal.

Due to the way paint is packaged, priced, and used, the consumer generally purchases more paint than needed and ends up with leftover paint. There is a tendency for the homeowner to hang on to leftover paint "just in case" they may need some for a touch up job in the future and because there may not be a convenient disposal option. Eventually, the paint is brought to a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection event and results in large financial costs to the municipalities and the HHW grant program.

 
Project Contact
Name Melanie Wheeler
Phone 603-271-2047
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Activity Keywords New publication
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 15 No. 1, Winter 2005 [PDF]

 

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