Oregon Program


  1. Consumers of Paint - Find a Drop-off Site
  2. Retailers of Paint – for All Retailers
  3. Retailers of Paint – for Drop-Off Sites
  4. Manufacturers of Paint and Coatings
  5. Law and Oversight Agency
  6. Program Plan and Reports

Oregon’s first-in-the-nation pilot program instituted a model, industry-supported paint stewardship program that ensures environmentally responsible end-of-life management for leftover architectural paint while relieving local and state governments of the economic burden of post-consumer paint management. PaintCare implemented the pilot paint stewardship program in Oregon in July 2010. The program was made permanent by legislation in 2013.

1. Consumers of Paint - Find a Drop-off Site

Paint Only Drop-Off Events

PaintCare has scheduled the following three special one day "Paint Only" Drop-Off Events. These PaintCare events are open to anyone in Oregon.

Drop-off Sites

PaintCare Inc. a non-profit organization, was established by the American Coatings Association to implement Oregon’s Paint Stewardship Law. PaintCare has established drop-off sites for postconsumer (leftover) paint at retailers and other sites throughout Oregon. There are currently 101 PaintCare drop-off sites accepting paint from the public. We will continue to set up additional sites in Oregon. To find a paint drop-off location near you, please use our locator tool. Most sites have limits of 5 gallons per day, but a few sites will accept more than 5 gallons. Please call the site ahead of time to make sure they are able to accept your amount of paint.

Find a drop-off site for your leftover paint

What Products are Accepted?

PaintCare "Program Products" include interior and exterior architectural coatings sold in containers of 5 gallons or less. In general we accept all house paint, primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings (such as shellac and varnish) but we do not accept aerosols (spray cans), solvents, and products intended for industrial or non-architectural use. Please consult the following detailed list to find out what can be accepted, prior to dropping off your paint:

Large Volume Pick-Up Service or “LVP”

If you have large volumes of unwanted paint, PaintCare offers a service that benefits both you and our volunteer drop-off sites - you don’t have to take your paint to a drop-off site a little at a time and they don’t get overwhelmed with large loads of paint. This free service is available to residents or businesses with at least 300 gallons of paint.

Use one of these forms to request a large volume pick up:

  • LVP Form: (Excel ) This version is a spreadsheet that calculates your totals. Send it in by email, or print it out and send by fax or regular mail.
  • LVP Form (PDF) This version is for you if you don’t have Excel software. Just print it out and send by fax or regular mail.


To fund this program, PaintCare Recovery Fees are added to the purchase price of architectural paints and coatings sold in Oregon. The fees are paid to PaintCare by paint manufacturers, then passed down to retailers and eventually consumers. When you buy paint in Oregon, you will probably see a line item called “PaintCare Recovery Fee” on your receipt or invoice for each container. These fees will be used to fund all aspects of the paint stewardship program: transportation, recycling/disposal, public outreach, and program administration:

Half pint or less   $ 0.00
More than half pint to less than 1 gallon   $ 0.35
1 gallon   $ 0.75
More than 1 gallon to 5 gallons   $ 1.60


The following documents provide additional information about the PaintCare program:

  • Trade Painter Factsheet (What Trade Painters Need to Know). This factsheet explains the program with details of particular interest to painting contractors. It is also available in Spanish and Russian (click language for PDF).


2. Retailers of Paint – All Retailers

Responsibilities of All Retailers

The Oregon Paint Stewardship Law requires retailers of paint to (a) include the PaintCare Recovery Fee in the sale price of program products and (b) only sell products registered with the program

More details are provided here:

a. Add Assessment Fee: Manufacturers must add the PaintCare Recovery Fees (see fee schedule above) to their wholesale price of each container of paint. Retailers must ensure these fees are passed down to the consumer.

b. Sell Registered Brands: Retailers must make sure they do not sell unregistered architectural paint brands. Retailers can check manufacturers and brands using the following lists which are updated regularly. If you are a retailer and do not see a manufacturer or brand of paint sold in your store on this list, please contact PaintCare at (202) 855-724-6809.

Printed Materials for All Retailers

Point-of-Sale (POS) Materials (print-based copies available in bundles of 50) are available to retailers and facilities at no charge. To order additional quantities please fill out the POS Order Form. If you are interested in jointly developing print based materials (“co-branding”) so that materials have both your logo and PaintCare’s logo, please contact PaintCare at cchase@paint.org.

The following materials can be ordered using the order form or by sending an email with contact information and quantity requested to info@paintcare.org.

  • General Poster for Retailers This poster is intended for use in stores in the paint department or near the cash registers to help explain the program to customers. It is also available in Russian.

Downloadable Publications for All Retailers

The following materials in PDF format are available for downloading:

  • Trade Painter Factsheet (What Trade Painters Need to Know). This factsheet explains the program with details of particular interest to painting contractors. It is also available in Spanish and Russian (click language for PDF).


3. Retailers of Paint – for Drop-Off Sites

Partnering with PaintCare to be a Drop-off Site

Retailers may volunteer to be a paint drop-off site and accept paint from residents and certain businesses in their community. To learn more about what is involved in becoming a drop-off site, please read the following factsheet If you would like to be a drop-off site, please fill out and send in the Interest Form.


4. Manufacturers of Paint and Coatings

Lists of Manufacturers and Brands

PaintCare maintains a list of registered manufacturers and brands. Brands not registered with the PaintCare program may not be sold in Oregon. Retailers use these lists to verify that they are only selling registered architectural coatings.

Registering Your Company and Products

Manufacturers of architectural coatings will fulfill obligations of the Oregon Paint Stewardship law if they participate in the PaintCare Program. The PaintCare program is funded by a per-container assessment fee (“PaintCare Recovery Fee”) paid by architectural paint manufacturers to PaintCare based on their sales in the state. The fees fund all aspects of the required program. The following documents provide additional information of interest to manufacturers about the PaintCare program:

To register your company and paint brands with PaintCare, please fill out the Pre-Registration form and return as instructed. Following submittal of the form, PaintCare will update the lists of registered manufacturers and brands. Later, you will also receive a response from PaintCare with information on how to establish a confidential on-line profile for reporting sales and remitting fees.

Remitter Agreements

Agreements may be used to transfer the payment function from the manufacturer to a distributor or retailer. The following factsheet explains why an agreement may be helpful in a complex distribution. It also explains how and under what circumstances a Remitter Agreement may be used. There are two types of Remitter Agreements - one that moves the reporting and fee remittance function from a manufacturer to a retailer or distributor, and one that moves it from the distributor to a retailer – both are provided below.


5. Law and Oversight Agency

Oregon’s PaintCare Program is a result of House Bill 2048 passed in 2009 and 2013. The 2009 law established the program as a pilot program to start in 2010 with a sunset date in 2014; the program was made permanent by legislation in 2013. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is the agency overseeing implementation of the law:


6. Program Plan and Reports

PaintCare's Program Plan provides details on how postconsumer paint is to be collected, transported, recycled and processed at its end-of-life, as well as how public education and outreach will be used to promote proper purchasing, using up remaining paint, and properly recycling or disposing of unwanted paint. The program was originally a pilot program based on the original Program Plan. The program was made permanent by legislation in July 2013, requiring a new Program Plan that was submitted to the state on January 1, 2014.