APMF—ACCC Authorises APMF Victorian Waste Paint Collection Trial

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation to allow the Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation (APMF) to conduct a 12 month waste paint collection trial in Victoria. The trial will be funded by a 2 cents per litre levy on the wholesale supply of Architectural & Decorative (A&D) paint in Australia. If the trial is successful the APMF plans to roll-out a national scheme to other States and Territories on a progressive basis. “This trial is likely to assist in the development of a national waste paint collection scheme while at the same time improving the efficiency of waste paint collection in Victoria and reducing the environmental harm caused by the improper disposal of paint in that State,” acting ACCC chairman Michael Schaper said. “The ACCC considers that the imposition of a uniform levy on the wholesale price of paint by the participating manufacturers is unlikely to significantly impact competition at either the wholesale or retail levels.” Dr Schaper said any potential detriment that may arise is limited by the small amount of the levy and the short time period of the authorisation. The trial will operate from 1 July 2011 to 1 July 2012. Authorisation has been granted until 1 December 2012 to allow for a transition from the Victorian trial to an expanded national scheme if the trial is successful. The APMF will seek a separate authorisation for the expanded scheme, if required. The ACCC may authorise this type of arrangement when it is satisfied that the public benefit from the conduct outweighs any public detriment. Authorisation provides immunity from court action for any conduct that may otherwise raise concerns under the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The ACCC’s determination is available from the ACCC website www.accc.gov.au/AuthorisationsRegister

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Comment: The Staff of Master Painters Association of Victoria wish to thank all members who participated in the survey that contributed and supported this application. CEO Mark Amos says this is a exciting initiative as this is the first time this has ever been done. The MPAV look forward to the partnership between the Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation (APMF) and Sustainability Victoria (SV) in bringing about the reduction in waste paint and this will also enhance the training course on Sustainable Painting Practices (SPP). Further information will be provided to all members as the programs roll out.

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