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12. Recommendations

  • Government should focus on continuing to encourage voluntary product stewardship for paint. This approach is starting to yield results with minimal bureaucracy.
  • Assistance should be given to the recycling/recovery sector to develop a code of practice for the processing of waste paint. Such a code of practice could be a useful tool for product stewardship schemes to use when engaging service providers.
  • Sustainable government purchasing of paint should be used to encourage improvements in the environmental performance of producers.
  • Government should more carefully evaluate the environmental impacts of waste paint before deciding to place it on a priority list for product stewardship.