PaintCare Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to represent paint manufacturers (paint producers) to plan and operate paint stewardship programs in the United States in those states that pass paint stewardship laws.
PaintCare was created by the American Coatings Association, a membership-based trade association of the paint manufacturing industry. Working with state and local government stakeholders, ACA passed the first paint stewardship law in the United States in Oregon in 2009. This legislation resulted in a pilot program for an industry-led program to manage postconsumer (leftover) paint. Since then, seven more states and the District of Columbia have passed paint stewardship laws similar to the one in Oregon, and the program in Oregon is no longer a pilot program; legislation passed in 2013 made the Oregon pilot program into a permanent one.
PaintCare has programs in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont and is planning a program for the District of Columbia. We expect similar legislation to be introduced in other states in the next few years. Prior to PaintCare, the best options for households to recycle or dispose of unwanted paint were government-run household hazardous waste (HHW) facilities and special one-day “round-up” events with limited days, hours and locations. In states with PaintCare, many new paint drop-off locations have been established. Most PaintCare locations are at paint retailers who volunteer to take back paint. These retailers take back paint during regular business hours making paint recycling and disposal much more convenient for the public.
In parts of the United States where PaintCare has programs and where people were previously instructed to dry out old latex paint and put it in the trash, we now encourage people to take it to a PaintCare drop-off site so we can sort it and recycle it. Postconsumer paint can be collected for reuse, recycling, energy recovery, or safe disposal, but doing so requires public awareness and a convenient and effective infrastructure that exceeds local government budgets and capacity in many parts of the country. The paint manufacturing industry supported the laws passed in these eight states and will support additional legislation because these laws enable the paint industry to implement a collection program by providing a level playing field among manufacturers and retailers.
These laws also provide a sustainable financing system and an anti-trust exemption for activities required to run a successful program. The program is funded through fees on each container of architectural paint sold in states with paint stewardship programs. Budgets and fees are set on a state-by-state basis. Please see PaintCare fees for the amounts in each state.
American Coatings Association
The American Coatings Association (ACA) is a non-profit industry trade association advancing the needs of the paint and coatings industry through advocacy and programs that support environmental protection, product stewardship, health, safety, and the advancement of science and technology.
Product Stewardship Institute
The Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. (PSI) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the health and environmental impacts of consumer products. Founded in 2000, PSI brings together key stakeholders with varying interests to develop product end-of-life solutions in a collaborative manner, with a focus on having manufacturers assume primary financial and managerial responsibility. With a robust membership base of 47 state governments and 250 local governments, as well as partnerships with over 90 companies, organizations, and non-U.S. governments, PSI advances both voluntary programs and legislation to promote industry-led product stewardship initiatives.
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Administration, Legal, and Finance
Legislation for Future States
Bringing the PaintCare program to new states
Connecticut & Rhode Island
District of Columbia
Where can I take my leftover paint?
In PaintCare States, there is probably a drop-off site near you. Use our Site Locator to find sites in your area. In other states, our locator will list your nearest local household hazardous waste program.
What are the fees?
PaintCare Fees are applied to the purchase price of paint in every PaintCare State. Fees are set on a state by state basis and range from 35 cents to $1.99 depending on the size and state. For a list of fees in each state please visit our Fees page.
How are fees calculated ?
Fees are set to cover the cost of a fully operating program on a state-by-state basis. First, PaintCare estimates the total expenses to run the program in each state. Next, we estimate the annual paint sales in each state for each size container. Next we divide the estimated total expenses of the program by the number of containers to be sold in the state ─ taking into account each size container. Since PaintCare is a non-profit organization, the fees may be decreased in the future if they were set at a level higher than what is needed to cover expenses, or fees may be increased if they were set too low and do not cover expenses.
Does it cost me to take back paint?
No, there is no charge for dropping off your paint.
Do I get my fee back? Is it a deposit?
No, the fee is not a deposit. Fees are used entirely to cover the expenses of running the program and not given back as a deposit for the return of paint or empty paint cans.
Do all retailers take back paint?
No. Retailers who are serving as PaintCare drop-off sites are volunteers. Not all stores have enough storage space or staff to be drop-off sites. Typically, about twenty percent of paint retailers in any state participate. If you know of a store near you that would like to be a PaintCare drop-off site, ask the manager to contact PaintCare. We’re always interested in adding more drop-off sites.
What happens to the paint?
The paint you drop off is packed into larger containers (boxes or drums) by the staff at the drop-off sites. One of PaintCare’s hauling companies picks up the paint and takes it to their facility for sorting by type. PaintCare manages the paint according to a policy of “highest, best use.” Our goal is to recycle as much as possible. If the paint is not recyclable into new paint, we find the next best use for it. Latex paint and other water-based products are separated from oil-based paint and other solvent-based products. Most of the oil-based paint is then taken to a cement plant where it is blended into a fuel and burned to recover the energy value. Most of the better latex paint (paint that is not rusty, molding or spoiled) is sent to recycling companies and reprocessed into new paint in standard pre-tinted colors. Some latex paint is used to make other products or used for biodegradation projects at landfills. Very little paint is sent to a landfill (about 1-4%). Overall about 1-2% of the paint we receive is simply reused. Some paint is nearly new and in excellent condition and is given away “as is” at some household hazardous waste programs that partner with PaintCare and have reuse programs or “swap shops.” Non-profit ReStores (such as those operated by Habitat for Humanity) that serve as PaintCare drop-off sites also screen out some of the usable paint and sell it in their store.
What should you do with empty paint cans?
PaintCare drop-off sites do not accept empty paint cans. Depending on where you live, you may be able to recycle empty paint cans in your curbside recycling program. If not, they should be disposed of in the trash. It’s important to check with your local recycling or trash services to see what is allowed. In most places, putting any liquids in the trash or recycling bins is prohibited. So, any cans you recycle or dispose of must be truly empty, and the lid should be removed so that trash collectors can see that they are empty.
For Press Inquiries
Contact Paul Fresina at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 606-3211.
Media in Specific PaintCare States
For information about media in a particular PaintCare state, please see the state’s annual reports. Annual reports can be found in the “Official Docs” section of each state’s Web page. Sample media placements are provided below.
Examples of Advertising and Media
Select samples of PaintCare’s advertising and media placements are shown below. For more examples, please see annual reports for each state program. Annual reports can be found in the Official Docs section of each state’s webpage.
Our Latest Video: Buy Right
Used on TV and digital video
Other TV & Video Spots
Paint Recycling: It’s Easy. (2 minutes) Leo and his daughter Sofia make her bedroom magical with paint; when they are done, they are left with some unused paint…
Keep What You Need. Recycle the Rest (15 seconds) Are you planning on using your leftover paint? Keep what need &…
Buy Right (30 seconds) Trying to figure out how much paint you need? Ask for advice at…
Use It Up (30 seconds) Running out of ideas for using up leftover paint? Recycle the…
Recycle the Rest (30 seconds) Recycling your paint is easier than you think. Find a drop-off…
Bay Area Muralist Behind the Scenes Video Watch Bay Area muralist, Sirron Norris working on the first PaintCare mural and…
Bay Area Muralist Behind the Scenes Video 2 Watch Bay-Area muralist, Sirron Norris continue his work on the second…
Bay Area Muralist Behind the Scenes Video 3 Watch Bay-Area muralist, Sirron Norris continue his work on the third and final…
Joint Projects with the State of Connecticut
Quinn’s Wastebusting Tips: Paint Smarter A video with tips for buying the right amount of paint, correct paint storage, using up…
PaintCare Connecticut PSA (40 seconds) This Public Service Announcement was co-produced for the Connecticut PaintCare program by…
PaintCare for Retailers (3 minutes) Explains the responsibilities for paint retailers that volunteer to take back leftover paint from…
PaintCare for Transfer Station/HHW Facilities (4 minutes) PaintCare welcomes partnerships with municipal agencies, especially those that operate household…
Public Radio Spots
Red Plum Circular
Newspaper & Magazine
Painted In Blood SlapTV’s frightening submission to PaintCare’s 2015 social media video contest…
Spring Cleaning NANOShorts’ neighborly submission to PaintCare’s 2015 social media video contest…
Recycled Babies A tragic yet hilarious submission to PaintCare’s 2015 social media video contest…
Web & Digital Administrator
American Coatings Association (ACA) and its affiliate program PaintCare seek a qualified candidate to join their team as a Web and Digital Administrator. The individual in this position will be responsible for managing multiple websites: www.paint.org, www.paintcare.org, and several affiliated websites. The Web and Digital Administrator will be responsible for providing analytics and support for online advertising and marketing campaigns, tracking and providing detailed analysis of website traffic and usage, engaging in creative design, the development of technical architecture for the websites, and supporting the continued development of the association’s digital media strategies. This position will also periodically offer technical support to other staff members, and assist with the conversion and preparation of the digital issue of ACA’s monthly magazine.
Primary Job Responsibilities
Website Content and Design
- Creation and design of new areas/pages of the websites, following developed technical architecture
- Maintain, monitor and troubleshoot websites
- Provide technical support necessary for the creation and use of online audio, video, and photographic content
- Incorporate animations, video and images into websites
- Develop and execute project plans for website improvement initiatives, including identifying new and emerging digital media technologies and determining how they may be leveraged to benefit the organization
- Coordinate with ACA Communications and PaintCare Communications Teams on implementation of website content updates and changes.
- Periodically draft short pieces of website content, as needed
- Copyedit PaintCare website content, review site for content that is out-of-date on an ongoing basis
- Work to ensure the site is optimized for SEO, is mobile-responsive, displays correctly on all common browsers, and integrated with social media
- Monitor websites, compiling monthly reports of website analytics and traffic, and preparing quarterly reports with analysis
- Utilize Google Analytics to generate and interpret reports to link web traffic to outreach efforts
- Utilize Google’s DoubleClick for Publishers to assist with the placing and tracking of web ads, and providing analytics reports
- Provide analytics for email marketing campaigns
- Coordinate with outside firms and online advertising to incorporate pixels for tracking and maximizing usefulness of traffic reports
- Assist with the conversion and preparation of the digital issue of ACA’s monthly magazine
- Managing several affiliated websites
- Work with IT and other staff on hardware/software, and monitor existing and new social media and other communications to ensure applicable screen names and domain names are claimed
- Monitor links to the website from government agencies to ensure they are working
- Conduct quarterly meetings by telephone to review state-specific content (for PaintCare) with all PaintCare state managers and other staff; update website, as needed.
- Develop website-based forms and the generation/routing of auto-generated emails
- Acquire web fonts, plug-ins, apps and software; renew subscriptions and licenses as needed
Skills and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business, Communications, Computer Science or a related field preferred
- At least three years of proven experience in new media and how digital works with other media
- Experience working collaboratively and cross-functionally in a team-oriented environment
- Experience with desktop publishing, graphic design and working with web forms and databases
- Strong communication skills, proven presentation experience and proficiency in communicating data visually
- Interest and experience with web-based geo-mapping and interfacing GIS tools
- Ability to understand stakeholder needs, and prioritize projects with quick-turnaround
- Working knowledge of website security and “hardening” backup, and logging/monitoring
- Enjoys self-directed technical problem solving and is committed to continuous learning of coding
- Interest in the issues and goals of ACA and PaintCare
About American Coatings Association
ACA is a voluntary, nonprofit organization working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. Through advocacy of the industry and its positions on legislative, regulatory, and judicial issues at the federal, state and local levels, it acts as an effective ally ensuring that the industry is represented and fairly considered. The association focuses on advancements in science and technology through its technical conferences and journals, and offers essential business information to members through its publications, surveys, and business programs.
PaintCare, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was established by the American Coatings Association (ACA) to implement state-mandated paint stewardship programs on behalf of paint manufacturers in each state that adopts a paint stewardship law. Funding for PaintCare is provided through a fee on new paint sales. Funding is used to establish drop-off sites where the public can take leftover paint for recycling, pay for the recycling of this paint, and provide public education and program administration. Oregon passed the first industry-supported paint stewardship law in 2009. PaintCare states now include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Please visit www.paintcare.org for more information.
PaintCare’s headquarters is located in Washington, DC. Corporate staff members are located at the DC office, while most program staff are located in the states with paint stewardship programs. This position is located at the Washington, DC office.
To apply for this position please email cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
In the News
Here are a few news stories about PaintCare:
- August 9. PaintCare Receives 2016 Product Stewardship Arrow Award (California)
Businesswire (California): California Companies Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in Product Stewardship.
- June 23. The Business Times (Colorado): 290,000 gallons of paint collected in recycling program.
- February 27. The Santa Clarita Valley Signal (California): Event helps Santa Clarita residents give new life to old paint.
- February 2. Northeast Recycling Council (Vermont): Painting Product Stewardship Success.
- December 14. PaintCare releases 2015 annual report (California): PaintCare collected and processed more than 2.7 million gallons of paint.
- November 10. Portland Radio Project’s Interview with Jim Quinn, hazardous waste manager for Metro, one of PaintCare’s partners (Oregon).
- November 9. Northwest Community Television Channel 12 (Minnesota): Paint Recycling Program Helps Boost Business.
- November 5. Sierra Sun, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza (California): Truckee residents, businesses recycle 55,000 pounds of unwanted paint.
- October 2. The Chronicle-News (Colorado): Terra Firma Recycling now accepting unwanted cans of paint for recycling in Trinidad
- October 2. Kennebec Journal / Morning Sentinel (Maine): Skowhegan Now Certified for Paint Recycling
- July 19. Building Online (Colorado): New Colorado Paint Recycling Program Adds More than 60 New Drop-Off Sites
- July 14. Denver 9News (Colorado): Program Makes Recycling Paint More Convenient (Video)
- July 2. Portland Press Herald (Maine): Getting Rid of Old Paint to be Easier in Maine
- March 7. Winona News Journal (Minnesota): Merikel Ace Hardware Now Accepting Unwanted Paint
- March 6. Press Release (California): Video Blog Contest
- March 4. Valley Breeze (Rhode Island): Depault’s in Cumberland recycling paint
- November 18. Star Tribune (Minnesota): Retailers collect old paint under new Minnesota recycling program
- November 12. New Haven Register (Connecticut): Connecticut’s paint recycycling program has successful first year
- September 14. Press Release (Vermont): Vermonters embrace new PaintCare recycling program
- April 4. PBS Curiosity Quest (California): How paint is recycled at Acrylatex, a paint recycling company in Southern California (Video)
- August 26. KPIX Consumer Watch (California): California’s Paint Recycling Program Takes Off (Video)
- July 23. Star Tribune (Minnesota): New law shifts paint recycling costs from Minnesota counties to manufacturers
- July 1. New Haven Register (Connecticut): Governor Malloy touts new paint recycling program (Video)
- February 3. Napa Valley Register (California): New Program Lets Residents Recycle Old Paint