Official Documents

Summary of 2023 California Annual Report

This one-page infographic highlights the successes from the most recent reporting period for the California PaintCare program (July 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023). Please consider downloading and printing a copy of the infographic and then posting it for staff and the public at your business or organization.

Annual Reports

Calendar Year

Beginning officially in 2024, annual reports for the California PaintCare program follow the calendar year.

Fiscal Year (July-June)

Program Plan

PaintCare’s program plan for California describes the operations, outreach, and other activities of the California Paint Stewardship Program.


Laws relevant to the PaintCare program in California can be found at

  • Public Resources Code (PRC)
  • Division 30. Waste Management, Sections 40000 – 49620
  • Part 7. Other Provision Sections, 47000 – 48706
  • Chapter 5. Architectural Paint Recovery Program, Sections 48700 – 48706

California regulations relevant to the PaintCare program can be found at

  • Title 14. Natural Resources
  • Division 7. Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
  • Chapter 11. Product Stewardship
  • Article 2. Architectural Paint Recovery Program, Sections 18950 – 18958

Sales Tax

The California Board of Equalization (BOE) has provided an explanation of why the PaintCare Fee is subject to state sales tax in the following letter:

Evaluation Reports by Product Stewardship Institute

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) evaluated the first two years of the PaintCare program in California. This report summarizes PSI’s findings, based upon surveys conducted with four stakeholder groups – household hazardous waste and waste management coordinators, paint retailers serving as drop-off sites for leftover paint, additional paint retailers, and painting contractors.

CUPA Inspections

Working with the CUPA Forum Board, CalRecycle, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control, PaintCare has made it easier for California sites to participate in the program through the passage of AB 2748. The law repeals the requirement that paint drop-off locations develop a hazardous materials business plan in order to accept paint from the public intended for recycling.