PaintCare has submitted to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a proposed increase on the fees assessed on the sale of architectural coatings (e.g., paint, stain and varnish) in Oregon. The increase is being requested to cover the costs of collecting and processing volumes of leftover paint that continue to increase each year and to ensure that PaintCare can continue to meet its obligations under the Oregon paint stewardship law.
PaintCare carefully reviewed the financial status of the Oregon PaintCare program and concluded that as a result of the large volumes of paint being collected in the state, a fee increase is necessary to sustain the program in the future. For more information about the Program’s current financials, please see the latest annual report.
The proposed fee structure, based on container size, is provided below.
|Half pint or smaller||$0.00||$0.00
|Larger than half pint to smaller than 1 gallon||$0.35||$0.45
1 gallon up to 2 gallons
|Larger than 1 gallon up to 5 gallons|
Larger than 2 gallons up to 5 gallons
The proposed fee increase must be approved by DEQ. The increase would take effect at least 120 days after approval, and not before March 1, 2018.
While PaintCare awaits approval of the proposed fees, we suggest that retailers evaluate their point-of-sale and billing systems to accommodate the fee change. Retailers should also be prepared to see the increased fees (once approved) on invoices from their paint suppliers.
PaintCare will continue to keep paint retailers informed of DEQ’s decision to approve the revised fee structure and the date when the new fees will take effect.