Colorado paint tax heads to governor

DENVER — A new tax on household paint is headed to the governor’s desk.

The Colorado House voted 38-26 Friday for a bill to tax paint to fund a statewide paint recycling program.

The bill would make Colorado the eighth state to require paint manufacturers to develop recycling or take-back programs.

The paint take-back programs would be funded with a new per-gallon tax on household paint. The size of the tax wasn’t specified, but should be nominal, less than $1 a gallon, supporters said. The tax would begin in 2015.

The measure would require paint manufacturers to establish enough take-back sites so that 90 percent of Coloradans have one within 15 miles of their homes.

The paint taxes could be offset by reductions in local household hazardous waste fees.

Online:

Senate Bill 29: http://bit.ly/1pyVaJm

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