PaintCare currently operates paint stewardship programs on behalf of paint manufacturers in states with paint stewardship laws. PaintCare runs programs in California, Connecticut, and Oregon. We are planning programs for Rhode Island, Minnesota, Vermont and Maine.
PaintCare makes paint recycling more convenient. Our main effort is to set up more places for people to take unwanted, leftover paint - usually at retail stores that also sell paint, because they have regular business hours and convenient locations.
Oregon's program started in 2010 and now has 120 drop off-locations. California’s program started in 2012 and has more than 600 drop off locations. Connecticut's program started in July 2013 and now has more than 120 locations.
Use our 5-point plan to save money, protect the environment, and free up storage space:
Buy Right. Be a wise consumer and buy only what you need. Your local paint retailer can help you buy the correct volume of paint for your project.
Store Properly. When you store paint properly it will last longer. For best results, cover the opening of the paint can with plastic wrap and securely seal the lid so it won’t dry out. Write the room name on the lid for future touch ups. Store cans indoors where they won’t freeze or get wet. Be sure to choose a safe location out of reach of children and pets.
Use It Up. Leftover paint can be used for touch-ups or for smaller projects. You can also use the extra latex paint as a base coat on larger jobs. If you can’t make use of the paint yourself, ask a neighbor or local community organization if they can use it.
Recycle the Rest. When you take your paint to a PaintCare drop-off site in California and Oregon, we will recycle it when possible. In other states check with your local government to find out where to take your paint for recycling or disposal. Most communities have some type of household hazardous waste program or “round up” event that accepts paint from their residents. Often small businesses may use these services for a nominal fee.
Dry and Dispose Properly. In many states, the only option for disposing of latex paint is to dry it out.
Note: Drying latex paint is not allowed in California, and we always recommend using PaintCare drop-off sites in California, Oregon and Connecticut. In states that allow drying latex paint, let it dry in a safe location away from children and pets. Less than a half inch of paint will dry out easily when the lid is off. Larger volumes can be dried with absorbent material such as cat litter. Once it’s dry, dispose of the dried out latex paint as garbage. Air-drying of liquid oil-based (alkyd) paint is not considered safe.