PCA National Sponsors
PaintCare is a non-profit organization that plans and operates paint stewardship programs in
states that pass the paint stewardship law. PaintCare was created by the paint industry through
the American Coatings Association (ACA) to manage leftover paint in these states, referred to
as “PaintCare states.” PaintCare currently operates programs in California, Colorado,
Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and
Washington. We are also planning a program in New York to begin in early 2022.
In PaintCare states, PaintCare organizes convenient, year-round drop-off sites where businesses
and households are encouraged to bring leftover house paints, stains, and varnishes. PaintCare
helps ensure the “highest, best use” for paint collected in the program, including giving away
good quality material as-is, recycling it, or putting it to another beneficial use. Through its more
than 1,800 drop-off sites, PaintCare has managed over 47 million gallons of leftover paint in
over ten years of operation. To find a drop-off location near you, use our online site locator.
The paint recycling program is funded by a fee called the “PaintCare fee” which is applied to all
sales of architectural paint sold in PaintCare states. This fee covers all aspects of the program,
including collection, transportation, processing, and public education. The paint stewardship
law requires that all manufacturers add the PaintCare fee to each container of architectural
paint sold in that state. To ensure a level playing field, manufacturers pass the cost of the fee to
distributors and retailers, who then apply the PaintCare fee to the purchase price.
Information for Painting Contractors
In PaintCare states, painting contractors can benefit from many aspects of the program. When
estimating jobs in PaintCare states, we encourage painting contractors to take the PaintCare
fee into account by checking with suppliers and ensuring quotes include the fee. Let your
customers know that the fee is included in your quotes and that it covers the cost of the paint
Painting contractors can also benefit from the PaintCare program by using it to recycle leftover
paint at no additional cost. Contractors are welcome to use PaintCare’s drop-off sites for small
quantities of leftover paint. For larger quantities, you may take advantage of the large volume
pickup (LVP) service at no additional cost. If you have 200 gallons or more of eligible products,
measured in container size, not liquid volume, you may be qualified to receive a free pickup.
Visit www.paintcare.org/pickup pickup to learn whether you qualify for a large volume pickup.
You may also fill out the online form or give us a call at (855) PAINT09 to schedule a pickup.