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 700 collection sites throughout the state.
Implementation of the Paint Stewardship Program in
Canada, Oregon and California
Articles & Press
- Putting a Lid on Paint— Heidi Sanborn, WasteAge.com 5/1/11
- — Heidi Sanborn, Waste Advantage Magazine 5/2011
- Tehama County Part of Unique Pilot Program — Corning Observer 1/22/10
- CalRecycle’s Paint Webpage
- National Paint Product Stewardship Initiative
- PaintCare California Program
- 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