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11. Would Product Stewardship Legislation/Regulation Help?

The question from this industry is: "Is product stewardship regulation necessary for paint at all?"

In general, the paint industry believes it is already responsible in the way it manufactures and markets its products in New Zealand. All of its formulations are registered and it believes it is already subjected to exacting controls at a high level. It believes the products it brings to market are relatively benign and that there is little evidence of harm from the application of its products or their residual effects.

It believes paint should not be singled out for special treatment and that there are sectors (eg timber treatment) which should receive more attention.

The industry believes in self regulation rather than prescriptive central government "interventions". Major brand owners are already members of "Environmental Choice" and have demonstrated the ability to walk the talk.

Examples include:

  • the removal of lead from architectural coatings;
  • the paint industry being a lead player in the implementation of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (1996).