Since the program began in 2010, PaintCare has collected approximately 1.25 million gallons of latex and oil-based paint from residents and businesses in Oregon. Now the program is expanding into California.
Oregon was the first state in the country to launch PaintCare’s paint recycling program. Since July 2010 Oregonians have been dropping off paint for recycling, reuse, and energy recovery at 100 collection sites located around the state. At this time, 94% of all Oregonians live within 15 miles of a PaintCare drop-off site.
PaintCare Programs are funded by a nominal fee added to the purchase price on new paint. The fees, based on container size, are 35 cents per quart, 75 cents per gallon and $1.60 per 5 gallon bucket.
Thanks in part to its success in Oregon, PaintCare launched a similar program in California in 2012 which currently has more than 400 drop-off sites, and will be starting a program for Connecticut in 2013 and Rhode Island in 2014. Other states are expected to introduce similar legislation based on the Oregon Program.
About PaintCare, Inc.
PaintCare is the non-profit organization established by the American Coatings Association to manage Paint Stewardship Programs on behalf of the paint manufacturers in states that pass paint stewardship legislation. To learn more about the importance of reusing and recycling your leftover paint, or to find a collection center near you, visit www.paintcare.org.