For People with Paint
It’s more convenient than ever to recycle paint in Oregon. Since the start of the Oregon paint stewardship program on July 10, 2010, PaintCare has set up 130 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 resident and business in Oregon. A few retailers are Habitat for Humanity ReStores. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business.
A 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 residents 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.
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.
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 available to residents 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 Service Fact Sheet Find out how the service works and how to request a pick-up. Also available in Spanish.||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.||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.|
There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare drop-off site. PaintCare is funded by the “PaintCare Recovery 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! 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 to 5 gallons|
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.
Factsheet for Trade Painters
Professional painting contractors are one of the groups most affected by PaintCare. If you are a painting contractor, please review this fact sheet to learn more about PaintCare, the fees, and paint recycling services available from PaintCare.
For Paint 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, (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 Assessment Fee: Manufacturers must add the PaintCare Recovery 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:
$ 0.00 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 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 fall of 2013. To order additional quantities, please contact PaintCare by phone or send in a completed Order Form for brochures and other printed materials to email@example.com.
The following materials are available:
- 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 PaintCare program and Recovery Fees to customers. Also available in Russian.
- Factsheet: Trade Painters This fact sheet was developed at the request of retailers to help explain the program to their customers who are painting contractors. Some retailers have found it useful to send this to regular customers with monthly statements. Also available in Spanish and Russian.
Publications for Paint Store Employees
- Retailer Factsheet (General Program Information) This fact sheet is for all paint retailers in Oregon to inform them of their responsibilities under the paint stewardship program.
Be a Drop-Off Site
PaintCare retailers are those who volunteer to be a 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 fact sheet. If you are interested in being part of our program, please fill out and send us the Interest Form.
- Retailer Factsheet: How to Become a Paint Drop-Off Site
- Retail Drop-Off Site Interest Form (Word) Also available as PDF.
- Watch our Retailer Drop-Off Site Video to learn more.
Signup for our Oregon Newsletter (emailed every two months).
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 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 your own satellite sites to a main site. Household Hazardous Waste Programs
Transfer Stations, Recycling Facilities, and Landfills
The Oregon 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 state oversight agency for the Oregon program is the Oregon Department of Environmenal Quality (DEQ).
PaintCare has submitted two program plans to the DEQ. The first version (April 2010) describes the operations, outreach, and other activities of the Oregon Pilot Paint Stewardship Program. The second document describes is required by the new 2013 law making the pilot program into a permanent program. The plan for the permanent program was sent to DEQ in January 2014, then revised and resubmitted on March 28, 2014.
- PaintCare’s Oregon (Pilot) Paint Stewardship Plan (April 2010)
- PaintCare’s Oregon Paint Stewardship Plan (March 2014)
For three consecutive years, PaintCare prepared an annual report for the 12 month period ending June 30:
- PaintCare Oregon Annual Report 2010-11 (for 12 months ending June 30, 2011)
- PaintCare Oregon Annual Report 2011-12 (for 12 months ending June 30, 2012)
- PaintCare Oregon Annual Report 2012-13 (for 12 months ending June 30, 2013)
As a result of the legislation in 2013, future reporting periods will be the 12 month period ending December 31. The following six month report was prepared to accommodate the change in the reporting periods from one ending in June to one ending in December:
The following evaluation report was prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute:
- Oregon Paint Stewardship Program Evaluation (March 13, 2013)