Since 2016, PaintCare has helped households and businesses in the District of Columbia recycle more than 200,000 gallons of leftover paint

WASHINGTON, DC – May 11, 2022 – Since its launch in July 2016, PaintCare, the nonprofit industry-led stewardship organization, has collected and processed more than 200,000 gallons of postconsumer (leftover) architectural paint in the District, with 42,337 gallons collected from January 1 –December 31, 2021.

PaintCare operates a network of nine year-round drop-off sites in the District that accept leftover, unused house paint. Eight of the drop-off sites are conveniently located paint retailers that accept paint from the public during regular business hours, and the remaining site is the Benning Road transfer station. The program also completed door-to-door pickups of paint from more than 200 households.

PaintCare is a nonprofit organization created by the paint industry through the American Coatings Association (ACA) to manage leftover paint in states that have enacted paint stewardship laws. By working with centrally located paint retail stores and locally managed government facilities, the program makes it easy to recycle leftover paint, stain, and varnish. PaintCare also offers free on-location pickups to businesses, organizations, and households with 100 gallons of paint or more to recycle.

A large part of the program’s success in the District has been due to the overwhelming support that PaintCare has received from participating retailers, paint professionals, city legislators, the District Department of Energy and Environment, and households who are choosing to do their part.

“We are pleased with the continued success of PaintCare in Washington, D.C., and the contributions of our partners” said Fred Gabriel, PaintCare’s director of operations. “Our retail sites consistently provide information to paint consumers every day about how to recycle leftover paint while volunteering to serve as drop-off sites.”

For more information on PaintCare and to find a local drop-off site, please visit Find complete annual reports on PaintCare’s District of Columbia program at

Click the link below to view a one-page infographic highlighting the successes from the most recent reporting period for the PaintCare’s District of Columbia program (January to December 2021). District paint retailers are encouraged to print a copy of this infographic and post it for staff and the public at your business or organization.

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About PaintCare in the District of Columbia
PaintCare is committed to making it easy and convenient for households, businesses, and institutions to recycle leftover paint in states with paint stewardship laws. A nonprofit organization created by paint manufacturers, PaintCare sets up drop-off locations for leftover paint, arranges for recycling and proper disposal, and conducts public education. More than 200,000 gallons of paint, stain, and varnish have been managed by PaintCare’s program in the District of Columbia since its launch in 2016. For additional information, visit, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @WeRecyclePaint.