PaintCare is a program of the American Coatings Association (ACA), a membership-based trade association of the paint manufacturing industry. Working through the Paint Producer Stewardship Initiative (PPSI) facilitated by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), ACA supported the passage of the first U.S. paint stewardship law in Oregon and established PaintCare in 2009.
PaintCare began in Oregon as a three-year pilot program. After successfully demonstrating that the industry can design and deliver a program for post-consumer paint management, the Oregon program became permanent through new legislation in 2013. Similar laws have passed in California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Programs in Washington and New York are expected to begin operation in 2020 and 2021.
In parts of the United States where PaintCare operates, we encourage households, businesses, and individuals to take their unwanted, leftover paint to a PaintCare drop-off site. There it is sorted and managed for reuse, recycling, energy recovery, or safe disposal.
Without a PaintCare program, the best options for consumers to recycle or dispose of leftover paint are government-run household hazardous waste (HHW) facilities and one-day “round-up” events. However, these programs offer limited days and hours, are often located in remote areas, and most do not serve painting contractors and other businesses. In states with PaintCare programs, additional paint drop-off locations have been established to increase convenience and provide service to all paint users. Most locations are paint retailers, which are convenient locations open year-round and seven days a week. Across the nine PaintCare states, there are more than 1,750 drop-off sites, 77% of which are paint retailers.
PaintCare is funded through fees on each container of architectural paint sold in states and jurisdictions with paint stewardship programs. Budgets and fees are set on a state-by-state basis. Please see the PaintCare fees for the amounts in each state.
PaintCare 10th Anniversary
Beginning October 21, 2019, PaintCare is celebrating a decade of providing consumer education and recycling opportunities for households and businesses that purchase paint, stain, and varnish for use in their projects and operations.
In July 2009, Oregon passed the nation’s first paint stewardship law, followed by PaintCare’s incorporation in October 2009. Since then, PaintCare has launched programs across the country following the passage of similar laws in California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, and, most recently, Washington and New York.
As of March 2020, PaintCare has set up 1,793 paint drop-off sites, hosted 215 paint drop-off events and provided 4,026 Large Volume Pickups.
Where can I take my leftover paint?
What are the fees?
How are fees calculated?
Does it cost me to take back paint?
Do I get my fee back? Is it a deposit?
Do all retailers take back paint?
What happens to the paint?
What should you do with empty paint cans?
Video Series: Paint Over the Decades
Video Series: Keep What You Need, Recycle the Rest!
Other TV & Video Spots
Joint Projects with the State of Connecticut
Public Radio Spots
Red Plum Circular
The following are examples of magazine advertisements that have appeared in select PaintCare states:
- December 18, 19. New York becomes 11th state to pass paint stewardship law, as reported by Coatings World, Natural Resources Defense Council, Waste 360, and WasteAdvantage.
- November 22. Paint & Coatings Industry reported on PaintCare’s 10 year anniversary.
- October 24, 25. PaintCare celebrates its 10 year anniversary, as reported by Waste360, Coatings World, Waste Today, and Recycling Today.
- October 11. An article in Waste Today cited PaintCare as a successful model for extended producer responsibility-related bills.
- September 16. VoyageDenver did a profile on Colorado Program Manager, Kevin Lynch.
- August 12. PaintCare’s California program was mentioned in a Mercury News article, in which Alameda City Councilman Jim Oddie, credited Paint Care for helping the county achieve lower costs.
- July 9, 10. PaintCare announces the winners of its inaugural Innovative Recycling Grant Competition, as reported by Waste Advantage, Waste Today, and Recycling Today.
- July 8. PaintCare’s Northern Colorado Paint Sweep events were covered by a local paper, the Craig Daily Press.
- June 24. PaintCare’s Colorado Program Manager, Kevin Lynch, appeared on FOX31 morning news in Denver.
- May 14. Washington becomes the 10th state to pass a paint stewardship law, as reported by WasteDive.
- April 23. A press release published by PRWeb shared the results of a survey commissioned by PaintCare that outlined paint purchase and storage habits of California residents.
- April 21. Online publication Denver Parent highlighted PaintCare’s Colorado program in an Earth Day article.
- April 8. PaintCare’s drop-off event in Esparto, California was covered by a local paper, the Woodland Daily Democrat.
- April 5. Local publication cited the Connecticut PaintCare program.
- April 4. In an article about their radio series ‘Turning A (Non) Profit: How Non-Profits Benefit Our Community,’ 91.5 KRCC mentioned the first ReStore in Colorado to be certified as a PaintStore drop-off location.
- April 3. PaintCare’s drop-off event in Thornton, Colorado was covered by a local paper, the Westminster Window.
- March 28. An Orange County Register article shared tips for reducing environmental impact by participating in the PaintCare program.
- March. PaintCare’s Maine program was featured in monthly magazine Maine Town & City
- February 28. Local Colorado paper highlighted a retail store that now participates as a PaintCare drop-off location.
- February 9. A resource site highlighted the Colorado PaintCare program.
- February 1. In a national feature article, Waste Advantage explores how PaintCare encourages “Painting Smarter.”
- December 18. PaintCare launches its Innovative Latex Recycling Grant program, offering grant funding to aid commercialization of new ideas for recycling the small fraction of latex paint that cannot be recycled. Waste 360 picked up the story.
- December 12. The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) interviewed Nichole Dorr, PaintCare’s Central California regional coordinator for its paintED podcast series.
- October 31. PaintCare was awarded the Northeast Recycling Council’s 2018 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award in recognition of its outstanding paint recycling operations in Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. A press release was published by PR Newswire, and a news blurb appeared in Recycling Today.
- September. Several of PaintCare California’s recent paint drop-off events were covered in local papers in Susanville, Truckee, and Yreka.
- July. Westword features PaintCare’s mural project in its “Street Art in Denver We Love Right Now” round-up.
- July 5. Waste 360 highlighted PaintCare’s leading role in the field of product stewardship (January 11) and then followed up with a more detailed profile.
- April 26. PaintCare’s Southern California coordinator Brandon Nelson-Zarrahy spoke to KHTS in Santa Clarita.
- March 29. PaintCare featured in Spring 2018 Home & Garden section of Colorado’s Douglas County News-Press.
- November 17. PaintCare California reaches 12 million gallons recycled, as reported by the Santa Clarita Gazette.
- May 23. Listen to the Portland Radio Project discuss PaintCare during interviews with Jeremy Jones, PaintCare’s West Coast Program Manager, Steve Dearborn, CEO of Miller Paint and PaintCare Board Member; and Jim Quinn, MetroPaint Hazardous Waste Program Manager.
- May 8. (national): Marjaneh Zarrehparvar, PaintCare’s Executive Director, was interviewed by the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) for the organization’s “Paint ED Podcast” series. Podcast about Paint Recycling for Professional Painters.
- May 2017. Upbeat Times (California): PaintCare California Celebrates Earth Day, Every Day
- April 30. Portland Press Herald (Maine): 10 tips to help you with spring cleaning, done sustainably
- April 24. Recycling Today (trade magazine): PaintCare holds free drop off events in California
- February 24. KUSA Channel 9 (Colorado): Next Question: Did you realize there’s now an extra $.75 fee on gallons of paint?
- October 2016. WILI (AM) Good Company Radio Interview (Connecticut):
Listen to the WILI radio interview with Tom Metzner and Lee Sawyer from from Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) about the state’s comprehensive materials management strategy. The segment about PaintCare starts 6 minutes into the interview. WILI is a station in Willimantic, CT.
- August 9. Businesswire (California): PaintCare Receives 2016 Product Stewardship Arrow Award
- 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