I am running for reelection to continue to support the education system to work with leaders to provide more job skills or internships to prepare for new jobs we hopefully get.  I will introduce some recycling bills that will create jobs for NH.  The Paint Stewardship Program once pass will bring in the mixing company since most of the New England states have this program.  The Mattress Stewardship program has companies already in Florida and Connecticut recycling Mattresses.  The company is willing to come to NH to expand and help recycle mattresses.  Another bill that will create jobs is mandatory composting.  We do not have infrastructure yet but once in place certain businesses will expand to compost food.  This is happening to New England states except Maine.  By expanding, I hope this will create jobs.

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Senate Committee Votes 3-2

HB 1570 Paint Stewardship bill  was voted 3-2 out to pass with an amendment in the Senate Committee Energy and Natural Resource.  The Attorney General office finalized the anti trust provision and the safe harbor clause.  This bill is ready for the full Senate.

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HB 1570 Paint Stewardship Passes the House

HB 1570 an act to establish a Paint Stewardship Program passes the House 161-142.  This bill now goes the the Senate Committee Energy and Natural Resources.

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State House Memo: A better way to dispose of old paint


For the Monitor

Friday, March 7, 2014 (Published in print: Saturday, March 8, 2014)

Do you ever wonder what to do with the unused paint in your basement, attic or garage? Is that once-a-year household hazardous waste disposal day working for you? Wouldn’t you rather go to your municipality or a local paint supply store to drop off unused paint any day of the week?

The Paint Stewardship Program (HB 1570) will allow a nonprofit organization to administer a paint recycling program throughout the state.

The program will allow you to drop off your unused paint, during business hours, to a municipality or retail paint store that voluntarily joins the program. Unlike the current system, paint can be returned in any state (liquid, dried out, stuck to the can).

PaintCare, a nonprofit recycling company created by the paint manufacturers’ association, the American Coat Association, manages the reuse, recycling and proper disposal of unused paint. PaintCare has been working in Oregon, California and Connecticut administering their paint recycling programs. Oregon’s program has been in operation for three years. similar legislation has been passed in Minnesota, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island.

This program should take in about 278,000 gallons of paint annually and save $2.2 million of city and town money. The biggest savings will be seen in transporting paint and in reduced tonnage or tipping fees. PaintCare will pay for this program through a fee paid by retailers. The ACA audits the producers to ensure they are collecting the assessment fees and paying PaintCare to fund the recycling program. PaintCare is audited by an independent auditor to ensure the money collected is used only for the recycling program. On a yearly basis, the Department of Environmental Services requests an audit for review to ensure the plan is being implemented correctly.

PaintCare will pick up its storage bins at collection points and pay for transportation to a re-seller or to a place where the paint is mixed, given out or sold. For example, Oregon has a Habitat for Humanity re-seller that gives out the recycled paint for free or at a reduced price to low-income residents. A goal for New Hampshire is to have a re-seller like Habitat for Humanity. PaintCare will train associates and municipal workers on what is accepted and what to do with the unaccepted items such as paint thinners.

If you think HB 1570, the Paint Stewardship Program, is a good fit for New Hampshire, contact your state representative before Wednesday. Northeast Resource Recovery Association, the Statewide Regional Planning Commission and the New Hampshire Municipal Association are in favor of this program and would like to start it by July 1, 2015.


(State Rep. Scott Burns is a Democrat representing Franklin Ward 1 and 2 and Hill.)

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Merry Christmas!!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.  I hope everyone enjoys this day with family and friends.


Representative Scott A Burns

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Looking Forward to Next Election

I am letting everyone know that I will be running for reelection next year.  I will continue to improving education and the economy.  Since, I am on the Environmental and Agriculture Committee, I will be working on recycling programs that are needed in NH.  Now, I am working on Paint Stewardship Program to recycle paint.  Other programs I am working on include mattresses, pharmaceutical, batteries and composting.

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Paint Stewardship Program

I have been walking the district.  I am posting more information about the Paint Stewardship Program.  I am submitting legislation in the next session so we can have a nonprofit administer the paint recycle program.  Instead of going one day out of the year to a your town household waste, you can go any time to the town dump when the dump is open to deliver the left over paint or to a nearby paint store such as Aubochon Hardware, Ace Hardware or Sherwin Williams.   You do not have to wait to drop off left over paint.

Municipal Services will save money.  The nonprofit, Paint Care, will provide the PPE, the education and the transportation of paint.  At retail, the nonprofit will provide the educational flyers, training and transportation of paint.  There will be restores where the paint is stored to mix and reuse, sell or just give away.

The consumer will be paying for this program when they buy paint.

For more information, you can go to  You can go to the Oregon tab and look at products and fees.

If there is any question or concerns, please comment or email me at

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