Thursday, April 16, 2009

Scottish environment watchdog brushes up on waste paint regulations

Community groups will now be able to mix waste paints for reuse thanks to new guidelines issued by Scotland's environmental watchdog.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published an interim position statement declaring not-for-profit organisation need not apply for a licence to mix non-hazardous waste paint for reuse.

Maureen Menzies, of RePaint Scotland, which collects and stores waste paints from households, businesses and DIY store end-of-lines, welcomed the move. She said: "This is welcome news indeed. It is not only a tremendous cost saving for RePaint Scotland but means we can go ahead and bulk up our recycled paint, as can those other organisations who want to top up half full tins, knowing that we are all compliant with SEPA regulations."

The storage and mixing of waste paint that is labelled as hazardous and is therefore special waste remains a licensable activity. Community groups unsure if their activities are affected by waste management licensing regulations should contact their SEPA for guidance.



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