Green seal to develop recycled paint standard.
The National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA), Washington,
D.C., the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), Boston, MA, and other
stakeholders involved in a national paint dialogue--known as the Paint
Product Stewardship Initiative (PPSI), have chosen Green Seal, Inc. to
develop a national standard for recycled paint. Green Seal accepted
public comments on the proposed standard until May 31. It will issue a
final standard by August 31, 2006. With consumer concern over the
performance of recycled paint being one of the greatest impediments to
the use of recycled paint, PSI, NPCA, and others were interested in
implementing a standard that would ensure the performance and quality of
recycled paints. This initiative is one of eleven spearheaded by the PSI
as part of their overall goal to reduce paint waste, which they began
pursuing in 2003. The Master Painters Institute, a nationally recognized
paint performance certification organization, is working with Green Seal
on the performance portion of the standard. The standard will take into
account the quality, performance, and safety of recycled paint, as well
as environmental attributes. Once the standard is finalized, it will be
used to independently certify a recycled paint's performance
characteristics to enable paint consumers to make more informed
purchasing decisions. Recycled paints that meet the standard's
requirements will be marked with the Green Seal of Certification Mark.
Recycled paint incorporates unused paint from consumers as well as
excess from the original paint manufacturing process.