PaintCare Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, represents paint manufacturers (paint producers) to plan and operate paint stewardship programs in U.S. states and jurisdictions that pass paint stewardship laws.
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, and we expect additional states to pass legislation in the future.
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.