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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Update and looking forward to the next year.

First Year is over. Sponsor Bills HB 581 to recover moneys from neighboring state for mitigation of flooding and HB 635 study of rest areas both past the state and house. Governor has signed HB 581 and still waiting for the signature on HB 635.

In the next few months, In the next few months, I will be walking the district to meet voters to explain what has been happen in the state legislature and go over what I am going to work on in the next year. I have been in the last few months meeting with some farmers to see if any legislation is needed. This led to work with the Commissioner on exempt taxes on small farmers on there farm structures or barns. I will be working on some recycling legislation such as Paint Stewardship Program. I am also researching on how to have landlords of any kind to report renters payment when the renter has bad credit to improve their credit report so if they are living in a family house paying rent they can improve their credit report since they defaulted on their mortgage. Another possible bill to be submitted is who will be responsible paying for septic tank inspection when house changes hands. Will the new owner, previous owner or the realtor pay for the inspection.

I will continue to try to work with community leaders to create jobs and improve the educational system.

If you feel there is any legislation that is needed to be address, please feel free to contact me about any issues.


Representative Scott Burns.

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