Paint-Only Event

PaintCare plans special one-day paint collection events in some parts of California. These events are open to households and businesses (painting contractors, property managers, etc.) in California. Our next event is:
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016
Santa Clarita

Drop-Off Sites

>> Find a PaintCare drop-off location It’s more convenient than ever to recycle paint in California. Since the start of the California paint stewardship program on October 19, 2012, PaintCare has set up 751 drop-off sites in California where the public can take unwanted, leftover paint for recycling. Most of these sites are at paint retailers (paint, hardware, and home improvement stores) that have volunteered to take back paint, and they are available to any household and business in California. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business. man carrying leftover paint cans in a hardware storeA number of PaintCare drop-off sites are household hazardous waste programs — either facilities or “round-up events.” These programs are run by a local county or city government agencies, often in partnership with the local garbage and recycling company or transfer station. In addition to accepting paint, these programs usually accept other non-paint hazardous wastes (e.g., pesticides, solvents). Most of these government programs limit participation to households in certain cities or towns. Some of these government programs also allow businesses to make appointments during during special hours. Businesses are usually charged fees for non-paint hazardous waste, and sometimes they are charged an administrative fee to schedule an appointment, but they are not charged for paint, on a per gallon basis, if the agency is a PaintCare partner. A few restrictions apply: there are limits on how much paint can be dropped off per visit. Also, note that certain businesses — those that produce more than 220 pounds (about 20-30 gallons) of hazardous waste per month — can only drop off latex paint (they may not drop off oil-based paint). When you decide it’s time to recycle your paint, please call the site ahead of time to confirm their hours and to make sure they have space to accept the amount of paint you would like to recycle. >> Find a PaintCare drop-off location

Products We Accept

PaintCare sites accept house paint, primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings (e.g., shellac and varnish), but we do not accept aerosols (spray cans), solvents, and products intended for industrial or non-architectural use. The products we accept are referred to as “PaintCare Products” or “architectural paint,” and they must be in containers that are no larger than 5 gallons in size. Paint must be in its original container and the container must have an original printed label and a secured lid. We cannot accept open or leaking cans. Please review the following detailed list to find out what can be accepted, prior to dropping off your paint.

Fees

There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare drop-off site. PaintCare is funded by the “PaintCare Fee” which is added to the purchase price of paint sold in the state. These fees are paid to PaintCare by paint manufacturers, then passed down to retailers and to their customers. When you buy paint, you may see a line item on your receipt or invoice for each container. The fee is not a deposit — you don’t get it back when you drop off paint — a common misunderstanding. These fees are used to fund all aspects of the paint stewardship program. Fees pay for paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach, and program administration, and to manage old “legacy” paint — the paint that has been accumulating in homes and businesses from before the program started. PaintCare sites accept old paint, even if it is 30 years old! The fees are based on container size as follows:
$ 0.00Half pint or smaller
$ 0.35Larger than half pint to smaller than 1 gallon
$ 0.751 gallon
$ 1.60Larger than 1 gallon up to 5 gallons

Program Brochure

PaintCare’s program brochure is intended for the general public. To request free paper copies of this brochure for you or others, please contact us at 855-PAINT09. In addition to paint stores, other organizations (e.g., government agencies, real estate agents, property managers, painting contractors) are welcome to order brochures and distribute to others.

California Staff Contacts

To get in touch with your local PaintCare representative click here.
Professional painting contractors are one of the groups most affected by PaintCare. If you are a painting contractor, please review the information below to learn more about PaintCare, the fees, and paint recycling services available from PaintCare.

Survey for Painting Contractors

Take our 5-minute survey for contractors. Let us know about your experience with PaintCare.

Fees and Funding

As required by state law, a paint stewardship assessment (“PaintCare Fee”) must be added by manufacturers to the wholesale price of all architectural paint sold in the state. This fee is paid by manufacturers to PaintCare to fund setting up drop-off sites for leftover, post-consumer paint, and for the transportation, recycling, and proper disposal of that paint. The fees also pay for consumer education and program administrative costs. The fees are based on container size as follows:
$ 0.00Half pint or smaller
$ 0.35Larger than half pint to smaller than 1 gallon
$ 0.751 gallon
$ 1.60Larger than 1 gallon up to 5 gallons
Important Note:
It is expected that contractors will pass the fees on to their customers in order to recoup the fees they pay on the product. When estimating jobs, contractors should take these fees into account by checking with your suppliers to make sure the quotes for paint products include the fees. You should also let your customers know that you will be including these fees in your quotes.

Use of Retail Drop-Off Sites by Businesses

Retail drop-off sites provide a convenient and no cost recycling option for painting contractors and other businesses. Businesses that generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste* per month will be able to use these sites to recycle all program products (both water and oil-based) with some restrictions on quantities per month. Larger businesses (those that generate more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month) may use the drop-off sites for their water-based program products only; they are not able to use the sites for oil-based paint or other solvent-based products. *220 pounds is about 20-30 gallons of paint. When counting how much hazardous waste you generate in a month, oil-based paint counts (because by law it is a hazardous waste), but latex and other water-based paint does not count toward the 220 pound monthly total.

Large Volume Pick-Up (LVP) Service

If you have a large amount 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 volumes of paint. This free service is only available to households or businesses with at least 300 gallons of paint. To learn more, please review the following fact sheet. Then call PaintCare — or fill out and submit the form below — to request an appointment.
Large Volume Pick-up Fact Sheet Large Volume Pick-Up Service Fact Sheet Find out how the service works and how to request a pick-up. Also available in Spanish
Large Volume Pick-up Form LVP Form (Excel) Submit this form to request a pickup. The form is a spreadsheet to help you calculate your totals. If you don’t have Excel software, print this PDF and send by fax or regular mail. Also available in Spanish Excel | PDF

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Information for painting contractors is available in English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Spanish.

California Staff Contacts

To get in touch with your local PaintCare representative click here.

Already a Drop-Off Site?

Let your customers know you are a drop-off site with these website banner ads and in-store signs. Digital banners and signs are available without charge to paint retailers that serve as PaintCare drop-off locations.

Not a drop-off site, but are interested in becoming one? Please see the information in the Partnering with PaintCare section at the bottom of this page.

Responsibilities of All Retailers

The California Paint Stewardship Law requires retailers of paint to (a) include the PaintCare Fee in the retail price of program products, (b) only sell products registered with the program, and (c) maintain certain records for three years. More details are provided here:

a. Add PaintCare Fee: Manufacturers must add the PaintCare Fees to their wholesale price of each container of paint. Retailers must ensure these fees are passed down to their consumers. Fees are by container size as follows:
$ 0.00Half pint or smaller
$ 0.35Larger than half pint to smaller than 1 gallon
$ 0.751 gallon
$ 1.60Larger than 1 gallon up to 5 gallons
b. Sell Registered Brands: Retailers must make sure that they do not sell unregistered brands of architectural paint. Retailers can verify the registration of 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 (855) 726-6809.c. Maintain Required Records: retailers must maintain required records for three years. CalRecycle, the state oversight agency, has the right to inspect these records to ensure compliance with the Paint Stewardship Law. Specifically, retailers must provide access to records on all architectural paint sold or offered for sale in California including:
  • the manufacturer of the paint
  • the date(s) the retailer purchased the paint from the manufacturer
  • the date(s) the retailer sold the paint
CalRecycle does not specify the form or method of documentation; retailers may maintain this information in any way they believe will verify compliance in the event of a review by CalRecycle. CalRecycle may use a variety of mechanisms to verify retailer compliance, including, but not limited to, program awareness, physical inspection, product review, and inspection of records as noted above. CalRecycle has stated that it takes a progressive enforcement approach, with education being the first step in the case of non-compliance. If you have additional questions about this requirement, please email CalRecycle at paint@calrecycle.ca.gov.

Publications for Your Customers

Brochures and other printed materials are available to retailers and facilities at no charge. To order additional materials please contact PaintCare by phone or send in a completed order form for brochures and other printed materials to info@paintcare.org.

The following materials are available:

Publications for Your Employees

Partnering with PaintCare to be a Drop-Off Site

Fact Sheet: How to Become a Drop-Off Site. Explains the responsibilities for paint retailers that volunteer to take back leftover paint from the public.
 
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Retailers may volunteer to be a paint drop-off site and accept paint from households and certain businesses in their community. To learn more about what is involved in becoming a drop-off site, please read the above fact sheet. If you would like to be a drop-off site, please fill out and send us the Retail Drop-Off Site Interest Form (Word). Available as PDF.
Working with the CUPA Forum Board, CalRecycle, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), PaintCare has made it easier for retail sites to participate in the program through the passage of AB 2748. The law repeals the requirement that paint drop-off locations develop a hazardous materials business plan (HMBP) in order to accept paint from the public intended for recycling. Below is a fact sheet to inform CUPA inspectors of the changes in requirements that took effect as of January 1, 2015.

Newsletter

Our California Newsletter is emailed every 2-3 months retailers to provide updates and tips about the program. Sign up to receive the newsletter here. Previous Newsletters

California Staff Contacts

Daria Kent
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Nichole Dorr
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Terri Ryan
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California Coordinators Region Map
Brandon Nelson-Zarrahy
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Nicole Hall
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Partner with PaintCare

PaintCare welcomes partnerships with municipal agencies, especially those that operate household hazardous waste collection programs, landfills, and transfer stations. PaintCare covers the municipal agency’s cost of paint storage bins, paint transportation and recycling, and public outreach and education. (There is no monetary compensation for operations or labor costs associated with serving as a drop-off site.) For municipal agencies that wish to offer services to PaintCare in addition to serving as a drop-off site, monetary compensation may be negotiated. These services include reprocessing paint at your site, bulking paint in situations where storage space is limited, offering usable paint in original containers to the public (Waste Exchanges or Swap Shops), and transportation from municipal-owned satellite locations to a main site. Read more about becoming a PaintCare drop-off location:Watch our video about becoming a PaintCare drop-off location:  
To request a copy of PaintCare’s standard agreement for municipal agencies, please contact West Coast Program Manager Jeremy Jones at jjones@paint.org or 415-590-0259.

Signs

If you are already a PaintCare partner you can order PaintCare signs for your location, click here for a Sign Order Form.

Joint Outreach Projects

Municipalities that have contracts with PaintCare may request partial funding for pre-approved joint outreach activities with PaintCare to promote PaintCare drop-off sites and events. Past projects have included newspaper advertising, direct mail, and radio campaigns. For details, please read the following fact sheet.

Reuse Pricing

PaintCare encourages household hazardous waste programs, reuse stores and others to operate paint reuse programs (i.e., swap shops or exchanges). Reuse programs return good quality unused paint to the local community at low or no cost. Reuse is a preferred method of waste management. To encourage reuse, PaintCare will compensate paint drop-off sites operating a reuse program under a contract with PaintCare. PaintCare allows two different reporting methods by container or by volume as described here.

CUPA Inspections

Working with the CUPA Forum Board, CalRecycle, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), PaintCare has made it easier for sites to participate in the program through the passage of AB 2748. The law repeals the requirement that paint drop-off locations develop a hazardous materials business plan (HMBP) in order to accept paint from the public intended for recycling. Below is a fact sheet to inform CUPA inspectors of the changes in requirements that took effect as of January 1, 2015.

Link to Our Website

At the request of HHW programs in PaintCare states, we developed suggested text and images on what to include when linking to PaintCare’s website.

California Staff Contacts

To get in touch with your local PaintCare representative click here.

Program Plan

PaintCare’s program plan for California was approved in July 2012. The original version (March 2012) was revised and resubmitted in June 2012. This plan describes the operations, outreach, and other activities of the California Paint Stewardship Program:

Annual Reports

PaintCare prepares an annual report for the 12 months ending June 30. On November 18, 2015, PaintCare held a webinar presentation discussing the 2015 Annual Report. A recording of the webinar is available here and slides from the presentation can be downloaded here.

Law

California’s PaintCare Program is a result of Assembly Bill 1343 (Huffman), passed in 2010. The legislation is clarified through California regulations.

State Agency

The oversight agency for the California paint stewardship program is the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

Sales Tax

The California Board of Equalization (BOE) has provided an explanation of why the PaintCare Fee is subject to state sales tax in the following letter: