Consumers buy much more paint than they need. The U.S. EPA estimates that 10% of paint sold becomes waste. It is the single largest waste stream managed by local government household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. In 2008 it cost California $27 million dollars to manage the nearly 2 million gallons of leftover paint that were disposed.
Supporting Paint Stewardship
As a result of five years of hard work led by the California Product Stewardship Council, California became the first state in the nation with a permanent paint stewardship program. CPSC worked closely with the American Coatings Association to lay the foundation for a producer financed, designed and managed post-consumer paint recovery system. In 2010, the Governor of California approved AB 1343. California’s Paint Stewardship Program, PaintCare now has over 800 collection sites throughout the state.
Articles & Press
- States’ Waste Paint Problem Becomes a Solution for Recyclers, Retailers– Waste 360 7/5/18
- PaintCare California Hits 5-year milestone CA Households and Businesses Recycle Nearly 12 Million Gal– Santa Monica Mirror 10/19/17
- Putting a Lid on Paint— Heidi Sanborn, WasteAge.com 5/1/11
- Tehama County Part of Unique Pilot Program — Corning Observer 1/22/10
- Paint Stewardship and Counties: Examining product stewardship and paint recycling efforts in California, Minnesota and Oregon – 10/2015
- AB 1343 Architectural Paint Recovery Act – Adopted 9/28/2010
- Green Seal Certified Recycled-Content Latex Paint