Evaluation Question
Key Findings
Key Learning


Key Learning

Note: This question has been taken on by graduate student at Tufts University as part of her master’s thesis. The student is currently working on developing the method for this question. Presented below is the Evaluation Committee’s conception of the question and some findings related to the waste hierarchy from evaluation questions 4,6 and 12.

From other questions

Learning in Question 4
  • To achieve goals of reducing the generation of post-consumer architectural paint, paint management programs and policies may explicitly document the relative emphasis they want to place on aligning the paint management system with the existing waste hierarchy. For instance, prioritize options such as reuse of leftover paint, reducing leftover paint through improving accuracy of paint purchases (less leftover) and increasing volumes of managed post-consumer paint. Organizing these priorities will provide a structure to prioritize outreach strategies, messages, materials and effort.
Learning in Question 6
  • Recycling is lower on the waste hierarchy than reuse, but there are barriers to increasing paint reuse. Furthermore, recycling results in higher costs (management, environment) compared to reuse. More information is needed to better understand the barriers (e.g., liability, space) to retailer facilitation of paint reuse
Unintended consequence in Question 12
  • The private-public partnership and the waste hierarchy model (reduce, reuse, recycle) were at odds in this program. The public preference in the waste hierarchy model is for reduction and reuse. There were opportunities to stress both reduction and reuse under this program. However, the program as-designed tended to focus more on collection and recycling. Other state programs should consider a clear articulation of the program priorities ensure alignment with existing program and policy goals and reduce the potential confusion amongst consumers.

Related Materials

PPSI Paint Evaluation Preliminary Findings