PaintCare Inc.

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 opens in a new windowAmerican Coatings Association (ACA), a membership-based trade association of the paint manufacturing industry. Working through the opens in a new windowPaint 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 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.

Here’s how you can start using PaintCare if you live in a PaintCare 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 August 2020, PaintCare has set up 1,801 paint drop-off sites, hosted 219 paint drop-off events and provided 4,262 Large Volume Pickups.

Learn more about the successes from the past ten years in our opens in a new window press release and opens in a new window infographic.


Marjaneh Zarrehparvar

Marjaneh Zarrehparvar

Jeff Wasikowski

Jeff Wasikowski

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

(202) 719-3709


Eric Nouri

Eric Nouri

Senior Corporate Counsel

(202) 729-3908


Lyndsay Frits

Lyndsay Fritz

Barbara Roose

Ilana Esterrich

Chief Financial Officer

(202) 719-3703


Valerie Bernardo

Valerie Bernardo

Barbara Roose

Barbara Roose

Accounting Manager

(202) 719-3705


Nahir Torrez

Nahir Torrez

Accounts Payable Specialist

(202) 719-3713


Taujuana Davis

Taujuana Davis

Registration Coordinator for Manufacturers

(202) 232-2733


Brett Rodgers

Brett Rodgers

Director of Communications

(202) 719-3707


Stacy Meteer

Stacy Meteer

Communications Manager

(202) 719-3714


Brett Rodgers

Bruno Mattiello

Web & Digital Administrator

(202) 719-3706


Chelsea Tufarolo

Chelsea Tufarolo

Digital Marketing Associate

(202) 332-3194


Thom Feild

Thom Feild

Graphic Designer

(202) 729-3912


Cynthia Reik

Cynthia Reik

Communications Coordinator

(202) 719-3696


Cynthia Reik

Callie Yow

External Relations Associate

(202) 893-0079


Carol Darrow

Carol Darrow

Site Locator Data Manager

(330) 414-3003


Fred Gabriel

Fred Gabriel

Director of Operations

(202) 317-0592


Paul Fresina

Paul Fresina

Director of Special Projects

(415) 606-3211


Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones

West Coast Program Manager

(415) 590-0259


Nichole Dorr

Emily Carino

Western States Program Associate

(503) 730-1258


Daria Kent

Daria Kent

Northern California Regional Coordinator

(530) 559-3274


Terri Ryan

Terri Ryan

Central California Regional Coordinator

(209) 404-8625


Brandon Nelson-Zarrahy

Brandon Nelson-Zarrahy

Southern California Regional Coordinator

(818) 900-8117


Valentina Ferenac

Valentina Ferenac

Southern California Regional Coordinator

(949) 415-9035


Iranzu Morras

Iranzu Morras

Southern California Regional Coordinator

(323) 204-2080


Nichole Dorr

Nichole Dorr

Central California Regional Coordinator

(530) 446-4017


Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch

Colorado Program Manager

(720) 481-8858


Tim Coleman

Brandy Moe

Colorado Program Coordinator

(720) 202-5805


Laura Honis

Laura Honis

Connecticut & Rhode Island Program Manager

(203) 747-4494


John Hurd

John Hurd

Maine & Vermont Program Manager

(802) 245-4821


Steve Pincuspy

Steve Pincuspy

Minnesota Program Manager

(612) 719-5216


Steve Pincuspy

Jacob Saffert

Minnesota Program Coordinator


Lauren Scher

Oregon Program Coordinator

(503) 410-1648


Heidi McAuliffe

Vice President Government Affairs

(202) 719-3686


Where can I take my leftover paint?

In PaintCare States, there is probably a drop-off site near you. Use our opens in a new windowSite Locator to find sites in your area. In other states, our locator will list your nearest local household hazardous waste program.

What are the fees?

PaintCare Fees are applied to the purchase price of paint in every PaintCare State. Fees are set on a state by state basis and range from 35 cents to $1.99 depending on the size and state. For a list of fees in each state please visit our Fees page.

How are fees calculated?

Fees are set to cover the cost of a fully operating program on a state-by-state basis. First, PaintCare estimates the total expenses to run the program in each state. Next, we estimate the annual paint sales in each state for each size container. Next we divide the estimated total expenses of the program by the number of containers to be sold in the state ─ taking into account each size container. Since PaintCare is a non-profit organization, the fees may be decreased in the future if they were set at a level higher than what is needed to cover expenses, or fees may be increased if they were set too low and do not cover expenses.

Does it cost me to take back paint?

No, there is no charge for dropping off your paint.

Do I get my fee back? Is it a deposit?

No, the fee is not a deposit. Fees are used entirely to cover the expenses of running the program and not given back as a deposit for the return of paint or empty paint cans.

Do all retailers take back paint?

No. Retailers who are serving as PaintCare drop-off sites are volunteers. Not all stores have enough storage space or staff to be drop-off sites. Typically, about twenty percent of paint retailers in any state participate. If you know of a store near you that would like to be a PaintCare drop-off site, ask the manager to contact PaintCare. We’re always interested in adding more drop-off sites.

What happens to the paint?

The paint you drop off is packed into larger containers (boxes or drums) by the staff at the drop-off sites. One of PaintCare’s hauling companies picks up the paint and takes it to their facility for sorting by type. PaintCare manages the paint according to a policy of “highest, best use.” Our goal is to recycle as much as possible. If the paint is not recyclable into new paint, we find the next best use for it. Latex paint and other water-based products are separated from oil-based paint and other solvent-based products. Most of the oil-based paint is then taken to a cement plant where it is blended into a fuel and burned to recover the energy value. Most of the better latex paint (paint that is not rusty, molding or spoiled) is sent to recycling companies and reprocessed into new paint in standard pre-tinted colors. Some latex paint is used to make other products or used for alternative daily cover at landfills.

Overall about 1-2% of the paint we receive is simply reused. Some paint is nearly new and in excellent condition and is given away “as is” at some household hazardous waste programs that partner with PaintCare and have reuse programs or “swap shops.” Non-profit ReStores (such as those operated by Habitat for Humanity) that serve as PaintCare drop-off sites also screen out some of the usable paint and sell it in their store.

Very little paint is sent to a landfill as waste. In some PaintCare states, none of the paint is sent to landfill as waste. In others, a small portion, about 5-6%, is sent to a landfill.

What should you do with empty paint cans?

PaintCare drop-off sites do not accept empty paint cans. Depending on where you live, you may be able to recycle empty paint cans in your curbside recycling program. If not, they should be disposed of in the trash. It’s important to check with your local recycling or trash services to see what is allowed. In most places, putting any liquids in the trash or recycling bins is prohibited. So, any cans you recycle or dispose of must be truly empty, and the lid should be removed so that trash collectors can see that they are empty.


Press Inquiries

Contact Brett Rodgers at brodgers@paint.org or (202) 719-3707.

For information about media in a particular PaintCare state, please see the state’s annual reports. Annual reports can be found under “Official Docs” on each state’s web page.

Select samples of PaintCare’s advertising and media placements are shown below.

Video Series: Paint Over the Decades

Paint Over the Decades Colors and styles change with the times! So has what you can do with leftover paint. Now you can recycle it with PaintCare – it’s easy.  Find a drop-off location near you…
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Keep What You Need, and Recycle the Rest!

La pintura a lo largo de las décadas ¡Los colores y los estilos cambian con los tiempos! Otra cosa que ha cambiado, qué hacer con sobrantes de pintura de la casa. Ahora puedes reciclarlo con PaintCare – es fácil. 30 sec.


¡Guarda lo que necesitas, recicla lo que sobra!


Video Series: Keep What You Need, Recycle the Rest!

Keep What You Need, and Recycle the Rest! Why not get some of that space back where you’ve been storing paint? Now is a great time to keep what you’ll use, and recycle the rest. Find a drop-off location near you… 30 sec.


Keep What You Need, and Recycle the Rest!

¡Guarda lo que necesitas, recicla lo que sobra! ¿Por que no reclamas un poco de el espacio en cual has estado almacenando la pintura? Ahora es un buen momento para mantener lo que vayas a usar y reciclar el resto… 30 sec.


¡Guarda lo que necesitas, recicla lo que sobra!



Used on TV and digital video

Other TV & Video Spots


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Paint Recycling: It’s Easy. (2 minutes) Leo and his daughter Sofia make her bedroom magical with paint; when they are done, they are left with some unused paint…


Starting a new paint project? Buy Right!

Starting a new paint project? Buy Right! (30 seconds) Sometimes we buy too little. Sometimes we buy too much. The best way? Measure…


Compre Correctamente

¿Empezando un proyecto nuevo? ¡Asegúrese de comprar correcto! (30 seconds) A veces compramos muy poco. A veces compramos demasiado. ¿La mejor forma? Mida…


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Buy Right (30 seconds) Trying to figure out how much paint you need? Ask for advice at…


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Use It Up (30 seconds) Running out of ideas for using up leftover paint? Recycle the…


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Recycle the Rest (30 seconds) Recycling your paint is easier than you think. Find a drop-off…

Mural Project


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Bay Area Muralist Behind the Scenes Video Watch Bay Area muralist, Sirron Norris working on the first PaintCare mural and…


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Bay Area Muralist Behind the Scenes Video 2 Watch Bay-Area muralist, Sirron Norris continue his work on the second…


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Bay Area Muralist Behind the Scenes Video 3 Watch Bay-Area muralist, Sirron Norris continue his work on the third and final…

Joint Projects with the State of Connecticut


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Quinn’s Wastebusting Tips: Paint Smarter A video with tips for buying the right amount of paint, correct paint storage, using up…


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PaintCare Connecticut PSA (40 seconds) This Public Service Announcement was co-produced for the Connecticut PaintCare program by…

Training Videos


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PaintCare for Retailers (3 minutes) Explains the responsibilities for paint retailers that volunteer to take back leftover paint from…


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PaintCare for Transfer Station/HHW Facilities (4 minutes) PaintCare welcomes partnerships with municipal agencies, especially those that operate household…

Radio Spots

Keep What You Need (15 sec.)
Is your garage filled with old paint you’ll never use? It’s easy…
Mantener lo que Necesita (15 s)
¿Está su garaje lleno de pintura vieja que nunca uso? Es fácil…
Buy Right (30 sec.)
Sometimes we buy too little. Sometimes we buy too much…
Comprar Correcto (30 s)
A veces compramos muy poco. A veces compramos demasiado…
Buy Right (15 sec.)
Sometimes we buy too little. Sometimes we buy too much…
Comprar Correcto (30 s)
A veces compramos muy poco. A veces compramos demasiado…
Comprar Correcto (15 s)
A veces compramos muy poco. A veces compramos demasiado…
Chinese Spot
Chinese radio ad used in California.
Taxicab Yellow
Hey my name is Taxicab Yellow…If you’re done with us, we get it.
Malibu Pink
Hey I’m Malibu Pink …You thought you would use me up? I am so sure.
Hunter Green
Hi, I’m Forrest Green … You can be as green as I am.
Oregon Spot
Hey honey, what’s our plan for that old paint in the garage?
Spanish Spot
Los restos de pintura ocupan mucho espacio?
Oregon and California Spot
I told you one coat would cover…
California Spot
Hey honey, what’s our plan for that old paint in the garage?

Public Radio Spots

VPR – Vermont Public Radio
KPBS – San Diego Public Radio
KPCC – Southern California Public Radio

Red Plum Circular

The following are examples of print advertisements placed in Red Plum coupon circulars:


The following are examples of newspaper advertisements that have appeared in all PaintCare states:


The following are examples of magazine advertisements that have appeared in select PaintCare states:


The following are examples of magazine advertisements that have appeared in select PaintCare states:

Eric Banner
Static digital ad for San Jose event


The following billboards have appeared in California, Connecticut, and Oregon.

Truck Signs

The following sign was developed for display on trucks operated by the Denver Department of Public Works (Colorado).

Video Contest


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Painted In Blood SlapTV’s frightening submission to PaintCare’s 2015 social media video contest…


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Spring Cleaning NANOShorts’ neighborly submission to PaintCare’s 2015 social media video contest…


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Recycled Babies A tragic yet hilarious submission to PaintCare’s 2015 social media video contest…

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