PaintCare is funded by a fee (referred to as the PaintCare fee) which is applied to the purchase price of new paint sold in each state that has passed a paint stewardship law. The fee is paid to PaintCare by paint manufacturers and is then added to the wholesale and retail purchase price of paint, passing the cost of managing leftover paint to everyone who buys and uses it. You may see a line item on your receipt or invoice for each container of paint you purchase.
- The PaintCare fee is not a tax; it does not go to the state.
- The PaintCare fee is not a deposit; you don’t get it back when you drop off paint.
The fee funds all aspects of the paint stewardship program. This includes paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach, and program administration, as well as managing “legacy” paint—material that has been accumulating in homes and businesses since before the program began. There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare drop-off site.
Current Fee Structure for All Programs
The PaintCare fee varies by state and container sizes as follows:
|Half pint or smaller||Larger than half pint up to smaller than 1 gallon||1 gallon||1 gallon up to 2 gallons||Larger than 1 gallon up to 5 gallons||Larger than 2 gallons up to 5 gallons|
|District of Columbia⁴||$0.00||$0.30||$0.70||$1.60|
¹On October 31, 2021, a proposal for a fee reduction was submitted to California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) as part of a proposed revision to PaintCare’s program plan for the California paint stewardship program. The program plan and fee change were approved by CalRecycle on January 24, 2022. The fee reduction will take effect on July 1, 2022.
The proposed fee in California is based on container size as follows:
|Container Size||Current Fee||Proposed Fee|
|Half pint or smaller||$0.00||$0.00|
|Larger than half pint up to smaller than 1 gallon||$0.35||$0.30|
|1 gallon up to 2 gallons||---||$0.65|
|Larger than 1 gallon up to 5 gallons||$1.60||---|
|Larger than 2 gallons up to 5 gallons||---||$1.50|
²The program plan and fee category change were approved by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on April 21, 2022. The PaintCare fee categories in Colorado will be changed to include 2 gallon containers of covered products in the 1 gallon container category. This change will take effect on July 1, 2022.
The new fee categories are shown below for Colorado with changes marked in red:
|Half pint or smaller||$0.00|
|Larger than half pint up to smaller than 1 gallon||$0.35|
|1 gallon up to 2 gallons||$0.75|
|Larger than 2 gallons up to 5 gallons||$1.60|
³On January 1, 2022, the PaintCare fee categories in Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont were updated to include 2 gallon containers of covered products in the 1 gallon container category.
⁴On January 1, 2022, a fee reduction took effect in the District of Columbia.