SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A statewide paint stewardship program is providing Californians an environmentally safe way to recycle old paint as of Friday.
AB 1343, enacted in 2010, requires architectural paint manufacturers to set up and administer a system to properly manage leftover paint.
The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is responsible for program oversight and enforcement, ensuring that all architectural paint manufacturers that sell paint in California participate in a stewardship program.
“This program supports the safe disposal and recycling of one of the state’s most ubiquitous sources of household hazardous waste,” CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said.
“It’s also a great example of industry stepping up to ensure the safe end-of-life management of their product.”
The program is designed and managed by PaintCare Inc., a nonprofit organization created by paint manufacturers to fulfill their responsibilities under paint stewardship laws around the country.
Since the passage of AB 1343, PaintCare has established hundreds of paint drop-off sites statewide.
The take-back program will be funded through an assessment collected on the purchase of new paint sold in California.
Californians generate millions of gallons of leftover paint each year. Prior to adoption of AB 1343, the only way for residents to properly manage their leftover paint was through local, taxpayer or rate-payer-funded household hazardous waste programs.
For more information and details on the paint stewardship program, see http://paintcare.org/california/index.php and http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/policylaw/paint.htm