PaintCare California Recycles 12 Million Gallons

| Community | November 17, 2017

The 2017 annual report of the California Paint Stewardship Program has released its results from the year spanning from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. PaintCare, the nonprofit organization implementing the program says that in the five years since its inception, 12 million gallons of paint have been collected and processed thanks to participants.

Highlights of the 2017 report include:
Established 803 year-round drop-off locations throughout the state for households and businesses to recycle leftover paint at paint retailers, government-run hazardous household waste (HHW) facilities, solid waste transfer stations and other volunteer locations.
More than 98 percent of California residents have a year-round drop-off site within 15 miles of their home, which exceeds the goal of 90 percent.
Managed paint from 313 municipal HHW drop-off events at 199 sites. PaintCare planned, promoted and held 10 paint-only drop-off events, an increase of five over the previous year.
Provided 313 large volume pick-ups (LVPs) from businesses, institutions and others that had accumulated more than 200 gallons of paint at their sites. PaintCare lowered the threshold to qualify for an LVP to 200 gallons early in the year.
All efforts led to 3,464,149 gallons of total collected and processed post-consumer paint during the year. Of this total, 94 percent was reused or recycled back into paint, another product, or used for another purpose other than landfill disposal.
About 4 percent was reused (given away to someone who could use it).
Recycled approximately 1,925 tons of plastic and metal paint cans.

“After five years, it’s really become clear how far paint recycling in California has advanced,” said Jeremy Jones, PaintCare’s West Coast program manager. “PaintCare is now collaborating with the Mattress Recycling Council to host cooperative events and our partnerships with household hazardous waste programs, counties, cities, and community organizations continues to deepen each year.”

For the full report, visit https://www.paintcare.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/ca-annual-report-2017.pdf.

The California Paint Stewardship Law, supported by paint manufacturers and signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in September 2010, established the program to decrease the generation of postconsumer architectural paint, promote using up leftover paint, and manage the paint in an environmentally sound manner for collection, transportation, processing, recycling and proper disposal. There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare location.


Until PaintCare, local government-run household hazardous waste sites were the primary programs for collecting leftover paint. PaintCare drop-off locations cannot accept aerosols or other chemicals. Jones said residents should continue to take other “non-paint” chemicals, such as pesticides and paint thinner, as well as paint in aerosol spray cans, to their local HHW programs.

All brands of unwanted house paint, stain and varnish that are labeled and in original containers may be dropped off at PaintCare locations, even if they are 20 years old. Retailers participating in the program accept program products from all households without residency restrictions, as well as from most businesses. Costs for the PaintCare program are covered by a nominal fee that has been added to the price of new paint, stain and varnish sold in California. The fees vary by container size: 35 cents for pints or quarts, 75 cents for one-gallon containers, and $1.60 for five-gallon containers.

To find the nearest PaintCare drop-off locations and to learn more about the types of products that are accepted, visit www.paintcare.org/california.

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