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PaintCare fee reduced on sale of paint in California

CALIFORNIA – On July 1, PaintCare, the national nonprofit organization that makes it easy for households and businesses to recycle leftover paint, is lowering the fee assessed on each can of house paint, primer, stain, and other architectural coatings purchased in California.

The fee – which ranges from $.30 to $1.50 per container – is decreasing between $0.05 and $0.10 based on container size. The reduced cost means savings for paint consumers throughout the state, especially painting contractors and others who purchase large quantities of paint.

The fee funds all aspects of the program, including paint collection, transportation, processing, and public education. This includes providing 838 PaintCare drop-off sites across the state, ensuring that 99% of California residents live within 15 miles of a site open year-round.

In addition to convenient drop-off sites, PaintCare also hosts drop-off events where households and businesses can get rid of small or large quantities of leftover paint and sometimes pick up free paint for their next project*. Businesses, organizations, and households with 100 gallons of paint or more to recycle may request a free pickup at their location.

The fee change was enabled by the efficiency and success of PaintCare’s California program, which launched in October of 2012. Since then, PaintCare has operated the collection and environmentally responsible management of nearly 30 million gallons of paint in the state. The program is a model for successful full lifecycle product stewardship, helping the environment, and saving taxpayers money.

“We are thrilled to continue increasing the convenience and value of our service while simultaneously reducing the cost,” said Nichole Dorr, California program manager for PaintCare. “Californians will still get the same great service from PaintCare, even with the fee being reduced.”

The fee is based on container size. In addition to the reduction in fee amounts, the new fee structure will now include 2-gallon containers at the same fee level as 1-gallon containers. The new fee structure goes into effect July 1:

PaintCare drop-off sites are located primarily at paint and hardware stores. Drop-off sites accept all paint brands, regardless of when or where it was purchased. Items that can be dropped off for recycling include most house paints, primers, stains, sealers, and clear top coatings (varnish and shellac). Find a detailed list of accepted products at

For more information about the PaintCare program or to find a PaintCare drop-off site in California visit [There are several sites in Temecula, Vista, Escondido.]


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