Moving Consumers Up the Waste Hierarchy with the Paint Product Stewardship Initiative's Oregon Pilot Program.
Abstract: To combat growing environmental and resource-related problems from
leftover paint, the Paint Product Stewardship Initiative established a paint stewardship
program in Oregon. Its task was to increase paint collection infrastructure, provide
opportunities for reuse and recycling, and create outreach campaigns to reduce the
generation of excess paint. The goal of this study was to expl... read moreore the design and
implementation of the Oregon program to move consumers up the waste hierarchy of reduction,
reuse, recycling, energy recovery, and disposal, and to describe the program's obstacles,
opportunities, and decisions with respect to the waste hierarchy. The methods of analysis
included content analysis of program documents, a series of interviews with program
personnel, and analysis of available program paint volume data. The results indicate that
the main focus for the first year of the Oregon program was collection infrastructure for
recycling (49 percent of paint collected was recycled), energy recovery (27 percent
processed for energy recovery), and disposal (21 percent sent for disposal), with less
emphasis on waste reduction and paint reuse (3 percent). Both existing and new
infrastructure was leveraged to increase recycling, energy recovery, and disposal, and the
emphasis of education and outreach materials was also on these lower tiers. To more
efficiently encourage reliance on the most-preferred management methods in the waste
hierarchy, the primary recommendation is for the program to articulate explicit goals
related to paint volume or other indicators for each tier of the hierarchy, and then
implement the specific recommendations to support these stated objectives.
Thesis (M.S.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Mary Davis.
Committee: Drusilla Brown.
Keywords: Environmental management, and Public policy.read less