A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was created by the American Coatings Association (ACA), who, working with state and local government stakeholders, passed the first paint stewardship law in the United States in the state of Oregon in 2009. This legislation provided for a pilot program for an industry-led program to manage postconsumer (leftover) paint. The program in Oregon was made permanent in June 2013.

PaintCare has also set up programs in California and Connecticut and is planning programs for four other states that have passed similar legislation: Rhode Island, Vermont, Minnesota and Maine. We expect similar legislation to be introduced in several other states in the next few years.

Prior to PaintCare, the best options for residents to recycle or dispose of unwanted paint were government-run household hazardous waste (HHW) facilities and special one-day “round-up” events with limited days, hours and locations. In states with PaintCare, many new paint drop-off locations are established, mostly at paint retailers who volunteer to take back paint. These retailers take back paint during regular business hours making paint recycling and disposal much more convenient for the public.

In parts of the U.S. that previously instructed people to dry out old latex paint and put it in the trash, we now encourage people to take it to a PaintCare drop-off site so we can sort it and recycle more paint. Post-consumer paint can be collected for reuse, recycling, energy recovery, or safe disposal, but doing so requires public awareness and a convenient and effective infrastructure that exceeds local government budgets and capacity in many parts of the United States.

The paint manufacturing industry supported the laws passed in the seven states because these laws enable the paint industry to implement a collection program by providing a level playing field among manufacturers and retailers. These laws also provide a sustainable financing system and an anti-trust exemption for activities pursuant to the program.

The program is funded through fees on each container of architectural paint in states with paint stewardship programs. Budgets and fees are set on a state-by-state basis; so far these fees have been the same in each state with a program:  35 cents, 75 cents or $1.60 per container, depending on the container size.


Hood River Supply

1945 12th St
Hood River, OR 97031

Business & Residential Information
Phone:(541) 386-2757
Hours: 7am-7pm

Paint is accepted during regular business hours; call ahead for hours and to make sure the store can accept your amount of paint.

Restrictions: Limit: 5 gallons

This site accepts latex and oil-based house paint, stains and varnish in containers up to 5 gallons in size.

This site does NOT accept aerosols (spray paint or other spray products),
containers without original labels, or containers that are empty or leaking.