Drop-Off Sites

Paint Drop-Off Events

PaintCare is planning the following special one day paint collection event. This event is open to households and businesses (painting contractors, property managers, etc.) in Oregon.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Jordan Valley

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It’s more convenient than ever to recycle paint in Oregon. Since the start of the Oregon paint stewardship program on July 1, 2010, PaintCare has set up 160 drop-off sites in Oregon 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 Oregon. A few retailers are Habitat for Humanity ReStores. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business.

woman 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 the local county or city government agencies, often in partnership with a 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 the households of 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 your 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.

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Products We Accept

PaintCare sites accept house paint and 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 “Program 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 a 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.


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:

$ 0.00 Half pint or smaller
$ 0.35 Larger than half pint to smaller than 1 gallon
$ 0.75 1 gallon
$ 1.60 Larger 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, real estate agents, property managers, and painting contractors, others are welcome to order brochures and distribute them to their customers.

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.

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, postconsumer 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:

$ 0.00 Half pint or smaller
$ 0.35 Larger than half pint to smaller than 1 gallon
$ 0.75 1 gallon
$ 1.60 Larger 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 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)
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. Also available in Spanish
Large Volume Pick-up Form
LVP Form: (PDF)
This version can be used if you don’t have Excel software. Just print it out and send by fax or regular mail. Also available in Spanish


Information for painting contractors is available in English, Spanish, and Russian.

Responsibilities of All Retailers

The Oregon Paint Stewardship Law requires retailers of paint to (a) include the PaintCare Fee in the sale price of program products, (b) only sell products registered with the program, and (c) provide public information about the paint stewardship program. More details are provided here:

a. Add PaintCare Fee: Manufacturers must add the PaintCare Fee 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:

$ 0.00 Half pint or smaller
$ 0.35 Larger than half pint to smaller than 1 gallon
$ 0.75 1 gallon
$ 1.60 Larger than 1 gallon up to 5 gallons

b. Sell Only 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. Provide public information about the paint stewardship program. PaintCare provides materials for retailers to use to meet this requirement and makes them available to all paint retailers for no charge.

Publications for Your Customers

Brochures and other printed materials are available to retailers and facilities at no charge. Oregon paint retailers were mailed a starting packet of program brochures at the start of the program in 2010. New materials were designed and mailed to retailers in the winter of 2015. To order additional quantities, 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

  • Fact Sheet: Paint Retailers (General Program Information) This fact sheet is for all paint retailers in Oregon to inform them of their responsibilities under the paint stewardship program.

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.

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).
Also available as PDF.

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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 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. To learn more, please see the following fact sheets and interest forms.

For municipal agencies and/or HHW programs 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 Exchange”), and transportation from municipal-owned satellite locations to a main site.

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.

Household Hazardous Waste Programs:

Transfer Stations, Recycling Facilities, and Landfills

If you operate a transfer station, recycling facility, or landfill please see the following fact sheet and interest form:

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.

Link to Our Website

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


The Oregon program is a result of House Bill 3037 passed in 2009 and House Bill 2048 in 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.

State Agency

The state oversight agency for the Oregon program is the Oregon Department of Environmenal Quality (DEQ).

Program Plans

PaintCare has submitted two program plans to the DEQ. The original, submitted April 2010, described the Oregon pilot program. The current plan is an updated version of the 2010 plan and has additional elements as required by the legislation in 2013 that made the program permanent. The plan for the permanent program was submitted to the DEQ in January 2014, followed by a number of revisions. The plan was approved in March 2015.


As required by Oregon’s  paint stewardship law, each year PaintCare prepares an annual report about the program.  In 2013 we prepared a 6 month report to allow for a change in the reporting period from a fiscal year to a calendar year.

The following evaluation report was prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute: