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Feb 28, 2014 1:01 PM by David Randall

Colorado Senate approves new paint recycling tax

DENVER (AP) - Household paint sold in Colorado would get a new tax to fund a statewide paint recycling program under a bill approved by the state Senate.

The Senate voted 18-15 Friday to make Colorado the eighth state to require paint manufacturers to develop recycling or take-back programs. The program would be funded with a new per-gallon tax on household paint.

Leftover paint is currently handled locally by government-run household hazardous waste programs.

Senate Republicans voted against the paint tax after trying unsuccessfully to cap the tax at 75 cents a gallon.

Instead, the tax will be limited to the amount needed to run the take-back program. An exact figure was not specified.

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