Colorado Senate Passes Bill to Create Paint Recycling Tax

The Colorado Senate has passed a bill that would establish new requirements for the handling of architectural paint as of July 1, 2015.

According to the bill text, the Architectural Paint Stewardship Program would require manufacturers selling paint into the state to create a plan that does the following:

  • Describes the environmentally sound collection, transportation, reuse, recycling and disposal standards and practices needed to handle postconsumer architectural paint;
  • Establishes postconsumer architectural paint collection sites throughout the state;
  • Develops an education and outreach program; and
  • Provides funding for the program by imposing a uniform, per-container assessment on retailers and distributors that the retailers and distributors will recoup by adding to the purchase price of the architectural paint.

If the bill is approved, Colorado will become the eighth state to require paint manufacturers to participate in a take-back program.

SB14-029 was introduced to the state House on March 5, 2014.

To read the full text of the bill, visit

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