1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Environmental Conservation
  4. Article 27: Collection, Treatment and Disposal of Refuse and Other Solid Waste
  5. Title 20: Postconsumer Paint Collection Program


Section 27-2003 Postconsumer paint collection program

Environmental Conservation (ENV)

  1. No later than July first, two thousand twenty, a producer, either individually or cooperatively, or a representative organization shall submit to the department for the department's approval a plan for the establishment of a postconsumer paint collection program. Such plan shall be accompanied by a fee of five thousand dollars for an individual producer or, in the case of a representative organization or producers acting collectively, a fee of ten thousand dollars. The program will minimize public sector involvement in the management of postconsumer paint by reducing its generation, promoting its reuse and recycling and negotiating and executing agreements to collect, transport, reuse, recycle and properly dispose of postconsumer paint using environmentally sound management practices.

  2. A producer may satisfy the postconsumer paint collection program requirement of this section by agreeing to participate collectively with other producers. Any such collective postconsumer paint collection program shall meet the same requirements as an individual producer. Such program shall submit a registration to the department along with a registration fee of ten thousand dollars.

  3. The plan submitted by the producer or representative organization to the department under this section shall:

  (a) provide a list of each participating producer and brands covered by the program.

  (b) provide information on the architectural paint products covered under the program.

  (c) describe how the producer or representative organization will collect, transport, recycle, and process postconsumer paint for end-of-life management, including recycling and disposal, using environmentally sound management practices.

  (d) describe how it will provide for convenient and cost-effective statewide collection of postconsumer paint in the state. The producer or representative organization may coordinate the program with existing municipal waste collection infrastructure as is mutually agreeable. A paint retailer may participate, on a voluntary basis, as a paint collection site if the paint retailer volunteers to act as such and complies with all applicable laws and regulations.

  (e) provide geographic modeling to determine the number and distribution of sites for collection of postconsumer paint based on the following criteria (i) at least ninety percent of New York residents shall have a collection site within a fifteen mile radius; and (ii) one additional collection site will be established for every fifty thousand residents of an urbanized area (as defined by the United States Census Bureau), unless the producer is a small business taxpayer as defined in paragraph (f) of subdivision one of section two hundred ten of the tax law or unless otherwise approved by the commissioner.

  (f) describe the intended treatment, storage, transportation and disposal options and methods for the collection of postconsumer paint. The management of paint under the program shall promote reuse and recycling.

  (g) describe in detail education and outreach efforts to inform consumers and retailers about the program. These materials should include (i) information about collection opportunities for postconsumer paint; (ii) information about the charge for the operation of the program that shall be included by the producer in the price charged to the retailer of all architectural paint sold in the state; and (iii) efforts to promote the source reduction, reuse, and recycling of architectural paint.

  (h) set forth the process by which an independent financial auditor will be selected and identify the criteria used by the producer or representative organization in selecting an independent auditor.

  (i) identify, in detail, the operational plans for interacting with retailers on the proper handling and management of postconsumer paint.

  (j) include the targeted annual collection rate.

  (k) be reviewed by an independent financial auditor to assure that any added cost to paint sold in the state as a result of the postconsumer paint collection program does not exceed the costs of the program. The independent auditor shall verify that the amount added to each unit of paint will cover the costs of the postconsumer paint collection program.

  4. The independent financial auditor may be selected by the department and the department shall review the work product of any such independent auditor. The department may terminate the services of any such independent auditor. The cost of any work performed by such independent auditor shall be funded by the program.

  5. The department shall approve or reject a plan submitted under this section within sixty days of submission and, if rejected, inform the producer or representative organization in writing as to any deficiencies in said plan. A producer or representative organization shall amend and resubmit any rejected plans for reconsideration within sixty days of notification of the rejection of said plan. The department shall approve or reject said plan within thirty days of resubmission.

  6. Beginning not later than January first, two thousand twenty-one or six months after the plan is approved under subdivision five of this section, whichever occurs later, the producer or representative organization shall implement the postconsumer paint collection program utilizing collection sites established pursuant to paragraph (e) of subdivision three of this section.

  7. Not later than the implementation date of the program, information regarding the approved plan, the names of participating producers, and the brands of architectural paint covered by the program shall be posted on the department's website and on the website of the producer and representative organization.

  8. Upon implementation of the program, each producer shall include in the price of any architectural paint sold to retailers and distributors in the state the per container amount in the approved program plan. A retailer or distributor shall not deduct this amount from the purchase price.

  9. A producer or retailer shall not sell, or offer for sale, architectural paint to any person in the state unless the producer and the producer's brands are registered with the department pursuant to section 27-2003 of this title on and after the date of implementation of the postconsumer paint collection program.

  10. (a) A retailer shall be in compliance with this section if, on the date the architectural paint was offered for sale, the producer is listed on the department's website as implementing or participating in an approved program or if the paint brand is listed on the department's website as being included in the program.

  (b) A paint collection site authorized under the provisions of this section shall not charge any additional amount for the disposal of paint when it is offered for disposal.

  11. (a) A producer or the representative organization that organizes the collection, transport and processing of postconsumer paint, in an action solely to increase the recycling of architectural paint by a producer, representative organization, or retailer that affects the types and quantities being recycled or the cost and structure of any return program shall not be liable for any claim of a violation of antitrust, restraint of trade or unfair trade practice arising from conduct undertaken in accordance with the program pursuant to this section.

  (b) Provided however, paragraph (a) of this subdivision shall not apply to any agreement establishing or affecting the price of paint except for the postconsumer paint collection assessment or the output or production of paint or any agreement restricting the geographic area or customers to which paint will be sold.

  12. The operator of the postconsumer paint collection program shall update the plan, as needed, when there are changes proposed to the current program. A new plan or amendment will be required to be submitted to the department for approval when:

  (a) there is an addition to the products covered under the program; or

  (b) there is a revision of the program's goals; or

  (c) every four years from the date of approval of a previous plan.

  The operator of the postconsumer paint collection program shall notify the department annually, in writing, if there are no changes proposed to the program and the producer or representative organization intends to continue implementation of the program as previously approved by the department.

  13. Any person who becomes a producer after July first, two thousand twenty shall submit a plan to the department prior to selling or offering for sale in the state any architectural paint, and must comply with the requirements of this title.