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PaintCare, Inc. is a non-profit product stewardship organization created by the American Coatings Association. In states that pass paint stewardship laws PaintCare establishes drop-off locations where the public can dispose of leftover paint for recycling, re-use, or other appropriate management.[1] It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

PaintCare was formed to manage the first U.S. paint stewardship program that began in Oregon in July 2010.[2] Since then the program has also been established in California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

PaintCare programs are funded by a fee (different than a tax) on the sale of each container of paint sold in the state or jurisdiction. Fees are based on container size and vary by state. The assessment of fees covers costs associated with setting up drop-off locations[3] for post-consumer architectural coatings (includes paint, stain, and varnish) from households and businesses in each state with a program and operating recycling and re-use systems.[4] Most drop-off locations are paint retailers. PaintCare also works with household hazardous waste programs and solid waste transfer stations to cover expenses related to paint transportation, recycling, and disposal of the paint they accept. There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare location. All sites accept all brands of paint, regardless of how old the paint is.[5]


  1. ^ "About PaintCare". PaintCare Inc. Retrieved 2017-10-03. 
  2. ^ Pittman-Polleta, Ben, "Oregon's First in the Nation Paint Stewardship Law Makes It Easier to Recycle", The Oregonian, Portland, OR, 2 July 2010, Retrieved on 29 July 2014
  3. ^ "About PaintCare". PaintCare Inc. Retrieved 2017-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Products We Accept". PaintCare Inc. Retrieved 2017-10-03. 
  5. ^ "How to Recycle". PaintCare Inc. Retrieved 2017-10-03.