There may be steps that can be taken to assist with the stewardship of paint. These potential tools reflect the views of the various sectors of the industry consulted during this study.
Parts of the recycling/recovery industry believe there needs to be a level playing field created for service providers to ensure all are competing equally. Setting standards for providers would help to ensure schemes meet minimum environmental criteria. An industry code of practice is one option that could be developed by recyclers.
Government agencies can assist through purchasing policies - requiring membership of stewardship programmes when purchasing paint product. There are significant opportunities to include stewardship requirements in tenders. This may come through the Govt3 programme, an initiative to coordinate this sort of procurement practice.
An example given by one industry participant was Land Transport New Zealand's insistence on the continued use of lead-based yellow marker paint when there are far more benign alternatives available.
Central and local government could provide upfront funding and resources to assist in the establishment of stewardship programmes as establishment costs for schemes are high and this can be a barrier to beginning.
Government should provide an opportunity for the "registration" of schemes on a database (website) to enable learning to be drawn on by other industries setting up product stewardship schemes. Such a database would also provide government with updates on the progress of schemes and sectors. The system would need to be simple and not onerous.
Government needs to be active in providing information to educate the public about stewardship schemes. Education needs to encourage participation and explain the reasons behind any charges/fees being paid by consumers.