PaintCare—In Just Two Years Oregon’s Paint Recycling Program Reaches Over One Million Gallons


Over 36,000 gallons were collected in Deschutes County from Mitchell Hardware, ReStore, Rodda Paint and Décor, Sherwin Williams, Standard Paint and Abbey Carpet, La Pine Ace Hardware & Building Supply, Redmond Habitat ReStore, Redmond – Sherwin Williams and Lutton’s Ace Hardware.

PaintCare’s Annual Report for Oregon’s Paint Stewardship Program boasts a 30 percent increase in the paint recycling program’s second year. More than 600,000 gallons of leftovers were collected during the second year. The program has collected 1,079,136 gallons of leftover paint throughout Oregon since the program began in July 2010.

173,632 gallons were collected in the past year outside of the Portland Metro Area, over 36,000 gallons were collected in Deschutes County. Six of the ten county collection sites are located in Bend at: Deschutes County, Mitchell Hardware, ReStore, Rodda Paint and Décor, Sherwin Williams and Standard Paint and Abbey Carpet.

The report reveals that the Oregon pilot program, the first of its kind in the U.S., has shown significant increases in both the collection of latex and alkyd (oil-based) paint as well as the public’s general awareness of the program.

In the second year, PaintCare set up 11 new drop-off sites to improve the convenience for both residents and businesses who have paint to recycle. There are now a total of 102 drop-off sites in Oregon, and 94 percent of all Oregonians live within 15 miles of a PaintCare drop-off site, an increase from 65 percent at the start of the PaintCare program. Paint retailers make up 70 percent of the drop-off sites; the other 30 percent are government-run household hazardous waste facilities, solid waste facilities, and ReStores.

“We attribute the second year’s outstanding results to Oregonians who take pride in their community – this includes the residents, retailers and those involved in the administration of the program,” said Marjaneh Zarrehparvar, the executive director of PaintCare. “We look forward to even more progress in the upcoming years.”

PaintCare will soon have similar paint stewardship programs in three other states: California in October, Connecticut in 2013, and Rhode Island in 2014.

About PaintCare Inc. PaintCare is a non-profit organization established by the American Coatings Association to implement Paint Stewardship Programs on behalf of the paint manufacturers in states that pass paint stewardship laws. To learn more about the importance of recycling and using up leftover paint, or to find a drop-off site near you, visit


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