Residents and businesses in the state of Washington have a new option for recycling paint, with the PaintCare program now operating in that state as of April 1. PaintCare, a nonprofit organization created by the paint industry through the American Coatings Association (ACA), manages paint recycling programs in states with paint stewardship laws.
Through the PaintCare program, 200 drop-off sites will open across Washington, providing a place to safely dispose of leftover and unused paints, varnishes and stains. Locations include paint stores and locally managed government facilities.
“There has been tremendous effort to create a paint recycling program in Washington state,” says Jeremy Jones, West Coast program manager for PaintCare. “We’ve been building and running paint recycling programs in other states for more than 10 years and will leverage this expertise in Washington to deliver a program that meets the needs of households and businesses.”
The program is part of the paint stewardship law, which the Washington State Legislature passed in 2019. The law was passed thanks to a collaboration among multiple stakeholders, including Washington’s Department of Ecology (Ecology), PSI, the Northwest Product Stewardship Council (NWPSC) and Zero Waste Washington. The new program is expected to manage more than 1.3 million gallons of paint in its first year.
Learn more about PaintCare and how retailers can participate in this recent Paint & Decorating Retailer article.