As required by state law, a paint stewardship assessment (“PaintCare Fee”) must be added by manufacturers to the wholesale price of all architectural paint sold in the state. This fee is paid by manufacturers to PaintCare to fund setting up drop-off sites for leftover, postconsumer paint, and for the transportation, recycling, and proper disposal of that paint.
Although fees for Washington have not yet been
determined (pending approval by the Washington State
Department of Ecology), they are expected to be similar to
other states with a PaintCare program. The fees are based
on container size and vary across the programs:
|Larger than half pint
up to smaller than 1 gallon
|1 gallon up to 2 gallons
|Larger than 2 gallons up to 5 gallons
It is expected that contractors will pass the fees on to their customers in order to recoup the fees they pay on the product. When estimating jobs, contractors should take these fees into account by checking with your suppliers to make sure the quotes for paint products include the fees. You should also let your customers know that you will be including these fees in your quotes.