New Permitted Development Rules Make Adding Additional Storeys Easier

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On the 31st August 2020 there was a change to the permitted development rules in England that has made it easier to add more levels to your home and increase space. These are among other changes that are designed to make it easier and quicker to develop new homes, including greater flexibility to the change […]

New Permitted Development Rules Make Adding Additional Storeys Easier

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DIY Outdoor Lighting and Outlet

In this video tutorial I am showing you how to get power to anywhere in your yard! This is super helpful when you need lighting or an outlet. A homeowner can DIY this job and safely bury the wire along the way. I also show how to make a small lamp post with lighting, a useful exterior outlet and finish it off with a nice Fence Armor post cap and finial. Check out the video for details!

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PaintCare Bill Advances in Maryland General Assembly

Legislation to bring the PaintCare program to Maryland, HB 127, passed the Maryland House of Delegates last month, and has received a Favorable Report by the Maryland Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs. With widespread support and the state Assembly in session until April 12, the paint product stewardship is steps away from enactment.

Notably, the same bill sponsored by Del. Regina Boyce (D- Baltimore City) passed the House of Delegates in 2020 and had a very good chance of passage in the Senate; however, the legislature adjourned 30 days early due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the PaintCare bill becomes law, Maryland would join Oregon, California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Minnesota, Maine, Colorado, Washington, New York, and the District of Columbia, all of which have enacted legislation for implementing the ACA- and industry-conceived platform for the proper and effective management of post-consumer paint.

ACA and its industry are committed to finding a viable solution to the issue of post-consumer paint, which is often the number one product, by volume and cost, coming into Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) programs. PaintCare has had resounding success in the 10 jurisdictions in which program operations have been implemented—the Washington State program operations began on April 1, 2021; and New York program operations will commence in early 2022.

ACA created PaintCare, a 501(c)(3) organization whose sole purpose is to ensure effective operation and efficient administration of paint product stewardship programs, on behalf of all architectural paint manufacturers in the United States. PaintCare undertakes the responsibility for ensuring an environmentally sound and cost-effective program by developing and implementing strategies to reduce the generation of post-consumer architectural paint; promoting the reuse of post-consumer architectural paint; and providing for the collection, transport, and processing of post-consumer architectural paint using the hierarchy of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” and proper disposal.

The program is designed to relieve a considerable financial burden on local governments, which currently funds these programs.

The legislation would require PaintCare to establish a paint collection site within 15 miles of at least 90 percent of the state’s residents. Permanent collection sites must set up for every 50,000 residents of a population center.

The funding for the program collected via an assessment fee will cover the cost of all paint — not just new paint sold, but all the legacy paint already in consumers’ basements and garages. The assessment would also go toward consumer education and program outreach, as well as administrative costs. ACA believes that consumer education is paramount with this type of program since paint is a consumable product. ACA maintains that manufacturers do not produce paint to be thrown away, but rather, to be used up. To work toward a goal of post-consumer paint waste minimization, the consumer must be engaged. PaintCare’s educational program does not just focus on recycling and proper management of unwanted paint, but on buying the right amount of paint and taking advantage of reuse opportunities that can help reduce the generation of leftover paint in the first place.

To further ensure fairness and consumer protection, the bill specified that the assessment funding the program must be approved by an independent audit submitted to the state Department of Environment and must be set at a rate to cover only the cost to manage and sustain the program.

ACA worked with many stakeholders to refine the legislation.

Contact ACA’s Heidi McAuliffe for more information.

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Senate Reintroduces IMAGINE Act for Rebuilding American Infrastructure

On Mar. 24, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the Innovative Materials for America’s Growth and Infrastructure Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, to encourage research and development of innovative construction materials in transportation and water infrastructure projects nationwide. The legislation would encourage investing in new techniques and materials, including paints and coatings, that would help to extend the life of critical public works that draw increasingly poor ratings for condition and performance.

Last May, U.S. Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Bill Posey (R-FL) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced the IMAGINE Act of 2020 in the House of Representatives, but the bill did not advance.

ACA supports this bipartisan legislation and is encouraging Congress to support the Innovative Materials for America’s Growth and Infrastructure Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act.

ACA believes that by protecting the surfaces to which they are applied, paints and coatings will be a significant contributor to any effort to improve U.S. infrastructure. Many of the nation’s roads, rails and bridges are falling into disrepair, while important aspects of the aviation system are outdated and in need of expansion or renovation, and the waterway system is hampered by aging locks and decades-old infrastructure.

The IMAGINE Act would encourage the development of materials such as coatings, high-performance asphalt mixtures and concrete formulations, geo-synthetic materials, advanced alloys and metals, reinforced polymer composites, aggregate materials, and advanced polymers.

The bill would promote the use of advanced infrastructure materials, as outlined here.

Creation of an Interagency Innovative Materials Task Force

A Task Force would be created to assess existing standards and test methods for the use of innovative materials in infrastructure, identify key barriers in the standards area that inhibit broader market adoption, and develop new methods and protocols, as necessary, to better evaluate innovative materials.  The Task Force would be chaired by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and bring together the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other relevant agencies organizations.


The bill authorizes funds for the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center to collaborate with relevant State and Tribal agencies and other stakeholders to research and develop innovative materials, prioritizing work targeting large span bridges, highway reconstruction and rehabilitation, rural roads, and coastal resiliency.

Innovative Bridge Program

The bill authorizes funding for the FHWA for a new grant program available for the design and installation of innovative materials in bridge projects. Special consideration would be given for “at-risk” coastal bridge projects, projects in rural areas prone to inland flooding, and bridge retrofits. Domestic sourcing and nontraditional production techniques would also be given preference.

Water Infrastructure Innovation Program

In addition, the bill authorizes funds for EPA (for specified Fiscal Years) for a new grant program available for the use of innovative materials in the design and installation of wastewater transport and treatment systems and drinking water treatment and distribution systems in small to medium-sized communities. Special consideration would be given to areas prone to saltwater intrusion or flooding.

Innovative Materials Hub

The Secretary of Transportation, in coordination with leaders of other agencies, would designate through a competitive selection process the development of innovative material hubs located throughout the United States to further drive research and development of different innovative materials for use in infrastructure projects.

This last provision was inspired by the success of communities of materials manufacturers that have leveraged their innovations and expertise to grow their industry.

Contact ACA’s Heidi McAuliffe for more information.

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Washington State PaintCare Operations Commence

On April 1, PaintCare launched program operations in Washington state, allowing households and businesses there to recycle leftover paint, stain, and varnish conveniently and sustainably. PaintCare will provide more than 200 drop-off sites across Washington, which include paint retail stores and locally managed government facilities.

Washington’s paint recycling program was made possible under the paint stewardship law passed by the Washington State Legislature, and signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee in 2019. The law ensures that everyone who produces, sells, and uses paint work together to manage its entire life cycle.

“There has been tremendous effort to create a paint recycling program in Washington state,” said Jeremy Jones, PaintCare’s West Coast program manager. “We’ve been building and running paint recycling programs in other states for more than 10 years and will leverage this expertise in Washington to deliver a program that meets the needs of households and businesses.”

How It Works

A small fee—called the PaintCare fee—on the sale of new paint funds all aspects of the program including paint collection, transportation, processing, and public education. The PaintCare fee in Washington is the same as in neighboring Oregon and varies by container size: $0.00 for half pint or smaller; $0.45 for larger than half pint up to smaller than one gallon; $0.95 for one gallon up to two gallons; $1.95 for larger than two gallons up to five gallons.

PaintCare makes it convenient to recycle leftover paint by partnering with local government facilities and paint retailers near residential neighborhoods and open at normal business hours. These locations make it easy for households and businesses to find their nearest drop-off site by visiting PaintCare’s online site locator.

Most PaintCare sites accept both latex and oil-based architectural paint products, including paints, stains, and varnishes. Paint must be dropped off in its original container with its original manufacturer’s label. A full list of products accepted by the program is available on PaintCare’s website.

All sites accept a minimum of five gallons of paint from each customer, some sites may accept more. Those planning to drop off paint are encouraged to call ahead to ensure the site can accept the amount and type of paint they want to recycle and confirm the site’s hours of operation.

Businesses, organizations, and households with 200 gallons of paint or more to recycle may request a free pickup at their location. Some restrictions apply. More information and a request form can be found on PaintCare’s website.

Washington’s program follows similar paint stewardship laws in nine other states and the District of Columbia, all built on a model mediated by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) over a decade ago. Passage of the Washington paint stewardship law was made possible by a collaboration among multiple stakeholders, including Washington’s Department of Ecology (Ecology), PSI, the Northwest Product Stewardship Council (NWPSC), and Zero Waste Washington. The new program is expected to manage more than 1.3 million gallons of paint in its first year.

“We are so pleased that paint recycling is now a reality for Washington State,” said Megan Warfield, Ecology’s Paint Program Lead. “This program is a big step forward for product stewardship in the state. It’s also a testament to the dedication and perseverance of a diverse set of Washington stakeholders from government, industry, and nonprofit communities.”

It is estimated that about 10 percent of all household paint goes unused. When dumped in the trash or down the drain, leftover paint can contaminate the environment. Although most leftover paint can be reused, recycled into new paint, or repurposed into other products, much of it is trashed because people do not know where to take it or it’s not convenient.

“The PaintCare program is an excellent example of producer responsibility in action and what can be achieved when producers engage with governments, recyclers, and others in a collaborative process,” said Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, PSI. “Going forward, the Washington program will divert millions of gallons of paint from landfills, collectively save local governments across the state millions of dollars each year, increase environmental benefits, and boost the green economy.”

PaintCare helps ensure the “highest, best use” for paint collected in the program, including giving away good quality material as-is, recycling it, or putting it to another beneficial use. Most of the paint PaintCare receives is latex-based and can be remixed into recycled paint products by processors.

To date, PaintCare has processed more than 46 million gallons of paint nationally and saved state and local governments millions of dollars.

Contact PaintCare’s Brett Rodgers  for more information.

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New Permitted Development Rules Make Adding Additional Storeys Easier

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On the 31st August 2020 there was a change to the permitted development rules in England that has made it easier to add more levels to your home and increase space. These are among other changes that are designed to make it easier and quicker to develop new homes, including greater flexibility to the change […]

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Dow Expands Territory with JNS SmithChem

Dow Construction Chemicals will expand its territory with JNS SmithChem as an authorized Southeast region distributor. The authorization includes WALOCEL™ Cellulose Ethers, CELLOSIZE™ Rheology Modifiers, DOW™ Latex Powders (DLP) and DRYCRYL™ Redispersible Latex Powders (RDP) product lines.

With the addition of the Southeast region, JNS SmithChem will serve Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

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AkzoNobel Invests in Qlayers Coatings Application Technology

AkzoNobel announced it acquired stake in Qlayers, a startup that the company says is opening possibilities in the application of industrial coatings. According to AkzoNobel, Qlayers’ coating technology offers an automated solution that is safer, more consistent, and faster than the manual coating processes. The company added that by eliminating overspray, Qlayers’ tech is a sustainable solution that saves costs.

The collaboration with Qlayers “fits our vision to make the paints and coatings value chain more sustainable and efficient with innovative products and solutions for our customers,” said Menno van der Zalm, global director/innovation at AkzoNobel.

Qlayers is part of AkzoNobel’s Paint the Future collaborative innovation ecosystem and has been working with the company since earning a partnership agreement in AkzoNobel’s 2019 global startup challenge. Qlayers’ technology has already been used by customers to apply anti-corrosive coating systems on storage tanks, where the benefit of automated application has enhanced worker safety and delivered increased sustainability and process efficiency results, according to the company.

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Maroon Group Rebrands as Barentz

Maroon Group announced April 1 that the company will be rebranded as Barentz, effective immediately. The name change follows the acquisition of Maroon Group by Barentz International in December 2020.

“This is a significant milestone for our company as we accelerate our growth under Barentz,” said Terry Hill, CEO of Barentz North America.

“We will leverage the global scale of Barentz while continuing to invest in our core markets as we execute on our strategy to become a global leader in the life science and broader specialty chemical industries,” added Mike McKenna, president and COO of Barentz North America.

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PPG Announces Agreement with Vizient for Paint Products

PPG announced an agreement with Vizient, the nation’s largest member-driven healthcare performance-improvement company. Vizient members will be able to purchase a variety of PPG paint products at contracted pricing. The paint is available for maintenance and decoration across Vizient’s member healthcare organizations, including large integrated delivery networks, academic medical centers, community hospitals, pediatric facilities, and non-acute care providers.

According to PPG, one of the paint products available through the agreement is PPG PAINTS™ PURE PERFORMANCE® interior latex primer. Antimicrobial PPG paint products may be available through the agreement in the future. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

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