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OR Recycles 580K Gallons of Paint

Monday, September 9, 2013

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Oregon paint consumers and contractors have recycled a record 580,693 gallons of paint in the third year of PaintCare, the state-legislated paint-recycling program.

While the amount is only 1.7 percent above revised 2012 figures, the amount of paint recycled is 23.6 percent higher than the first year of the program, according to PaintCare’s annual report, released Tuesday (Sept. 3).

For all three years of the PaintCare program, the total gallons of recycled paint topped 1.6 million.

PaintCare Inc.

The majority of the 100 PaintCare collection sites in Oregon were retail stores.

Under Oregon’s paint recycling legislation, passed in 2009 as a pilot program, paint manufacturers are required to safely manage leftover latex and oil-based paint from consumer and contractor painting projects.

PaintCare Inc. was created in 2010, as the non-profit organization in charge of administrating the state-legislated recycling program. The program is funded by paint and coatings manufacturers.

In the program's third year, latex paint accounted for 72 percent of the total amount collected, and alkyd paint made up 28 percent, PaintCare said.

Sun Won’t Set on Paint Recycling

Also, the pilot program’s sunset date was repealed in July, making the paint stewardship program permanent in Oregon. The bill, HB 2048, requires that PaintCare officials submit an updated program plan and adjust the reporting schedule.

Thus, PaintCare will submit a new Program Plan in January 2014, and a six-month report for the period July-December 2013 on April 1, 2014, officials report.

Following that report, annual reports will be for the period January-December, with the next report due April 1, 2015.

100 Paint Collection Sites

After its third year, PaintCare representatives said 100 collection sites provided options for residents to recycle 580,693 gallons of paint between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

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PaintCare Inc.

Between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, 580,693 gallons of paint was recycled in Oregon, through the American Coatings Association supported program.

The program had 102 active collection sites at the end of second year.

The majority of PaintCare collection sites (68 percent) were retail stores that were open, on average, five or more days per week, PaintCare said.  Household hazardous waste collection facilities accounted for 19 percent, and Habitat for Humanity ReStores accounted for 13 percent.

The collection sites provide 97.3 percent of Oregon residents living within cities, towns and census designated places a site to recycle leftover or unwanted paint within 15 miles of their home.

Uses for Recycled Paint

The collected latex paint is processed into recycled-content paint, used for landfill biodegradation, given away or sold in a reuse program, and used for energy recovery either directly or as a biomass product, according to PaintCare.


PaintCare Inc.

Alkyd paint is primarily used for energy recovery, with a small volume given away or sold through reuse programs.

Revenue for the Oregon program was $4,055,000 in the third year, which adequately covered the expense for the program, $3,794,668, PaintCare said.

Total architectural paint containers sold in Oregon in the third year were 5.4 million, equating to more than 7.3 million gallons of paint.

Oregon’s PaintCare program has been a basis for legislation in a handful of other states, including California, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont.

More information: www.paintcare.org.


Tagged categories: Architectural coatings; Contractors; Environmental Protection; Paint disposal; Paint recycling; PaintCare program

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