SECTION 1. Chapter 21H of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 9. (a) As used in this section, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
“Architectural paint”, interior and exterior architectural coatings sold in containers of 5 gallons or less; provided, however, that “architectural paint” shall not include industrial, original equipment or specialty coatings.
“Commissioner”, the commissioner of environmental protection.
“Department”, the department of environmental protection.
“Environmentally sound management practices”, procedures for the collection, storage, transportation, reuse, recycling and disposal of architectural paint, to be implemented by the producer or representative organization or by the producers or representative organization’s contracted partners to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and any regulations and ordinances for the protection of human health and the environment and these procedures shall address adequate record keeping, tracking and documenting of the final disposition of materials and adequate environmental liability coverage for professional services and for the operations of the contractors working on behalf of the producer or representative organization.
“Postconsumer paint”, architectural paint not used and no longer wanted by a purchaser.
“Producer”, a manufacturer of architectural paint who sells, offers for sale or distributes the architectural paint in the commonwealth under the producer’s own name or brand.
“Program”, the postconsumer paint collection program established pursuant to subsection (b).
“Recycling”, a process by which discarded products, components and by-products are transformed into new usable or marketable materials in a manner in which the original products may lose their identity.
“Representative organization”, a nonprofit organization established by a producer to implement the postconsumer paint collection program.
“Retailer”, a person that offers architectural paint for sale at retail in the commonwealth.
(b)(1) A producer of architectural paint sold at retail in the commonwealth or a representative organization shall submit to the commissioner for the commissioner’s approval a plan for the establishment of a postconsumer paint collection program. 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 dispose of postconsumer paint using environmentally sound management practices.
(2) The plan submitted by the producer or representative organization to the department under this section shall:
(i) Provide a list of participating producers and brands covered by the program.
(ii) Provide information on the architectural paint products covered under the program, such as interior or exterior water- and oil-based coatings, primers, sealers, or wood coatings.
(iii) Describe how the program will collect, transport, recycle, and process postconsumer paint for end-of-life management, including recycling, energy recovery, and disposal, using environmentally sound management practices.
(iv) Describe how it will provide for convenient and cost-effective statewide collection of postconsumer architectural paint in the State. The producer or representative organization may coordinate the program with existing household hazardous waste collection infrastructure as is mutually agreeable. A paint retailer may be authorized by the producer or representative organization as a paint collection site if the paint retailer volunteers to act as such, complies with all applicable laws and regulations, and the retail location is consistent with the maintenance of a cost-effective network of paint collection locations.
(v) Provide geographic modeling to determine the number and distribution of sites for collection of postconsumer architectural paint based on the following criteria (A) at least 90 percent of Massachusetts residents shall have a collection site within a 15-mile radius; and (B) one additional site will be established for every 50,000 residents of an Urbanized Area (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau), unless otherwise approved by the commissioner.
(vi) Describe how postconsumer paint will be managed in the most environmentally and economically sound manner, including following the waste-management hierarchy. The management of paint under the program shall promote reuse, recycling, energy recovery, and disposal.
(vii) Describe education and outreach efforts to inform consumers about the program. These materials should include (A) information about collection opportunities for postconsumer paint: (B) information about the charge for the operation of the program that shall be included in the purchase price of all architectural paint sold in the commonwealth; and (C) efforts to promote the source reduction, reuse, and recycling of architectural paint.
vii) Be reviewed by an independent financial auditor to assure that any added cost to paint sold in the commonwealth 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.
(3) The independent financial auditor may be selected by the department and the department shall review the work product of the 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.
(4) Not later than 60 days after submission of the plan under this section, the commissioner shall make a determination, in writing, whether to approve the plan as submitted or disapprove the plan.
(5) The department shall enforce the plan and may, by regulation, establish enforcement procedures including the circumstances under which a new plan or an amendment to the plan must be filed by the producer or representative organization.
(6) 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 representative organization.
(c)(1) Upon implementation of the program, each producer shall include in the price of any architectural paint sold to retailers and distributors in the commonwealth the per container amount in the approved program plan. A retailer or distributor shall not deduct this amount from the purchase price.
(d)(1) A producer or retailer shall not sell, or offer for sale, architectural paint to any person in the commonwealth unless the producer of a paint brand or a producer’s representative organization is implementing an approved paint collection program plan as required by subsection (b).
(2) 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.
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.
(3) A manufacturer or the representative organization that organizes the collection, transport and processing of postconsumer paint, in accordance with the postconsumer paint collection 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.
(4) Annually, the producer or representative organization shall submit a report to the commissioner that details the program. The report shall include: (i) a description of the methods used to collect, transport and process postconsumer paint in the commonwealth; (ii) the volume and type of postconsumer paint collected, by method of disposition, including reuse, recycling and other methods of processing; (iii) samples of educational materials provided to consumers of architectural paint; and (iv) the total cost of the program and an independent financial audit. The report or information relating to the report shall be posted on the department’s website. The report shall be posted on the website of the representative organization.
(5) Financial, production or sales data reported to the department by a producer or by the representative organization shall not be subject to disclosure but the commissioner may release a summary form of such data that does not disclose financial, production or sales data of the producer, retailer or representative organization.
SECTION 2. The plan required by subsection (b) of section 9 of chapter 21H of the General Laws shall be submitted not later than July 1, 2018.
SECTION 3. The producer or representative organization shall submit the first annual report detailing the postconsumer paint collection program as required by paragraph (4) of subsection (d) of section 9 of chapter 21H of the General Laws to the commissioner of environmental protection not later than October 15, 2019.
SECTION 4. Beginning not later than January 1, 2019 or 6 months after the plan is approved under subsection (b) of section 9 of chapter 21H of the General Laws, whichever occurs later, the representative organization shall implement the postconsumer paint collection program.
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