*this post is sponsored by PaintCare
Hey Oregon – did you know that PaintCare can recycle your old house paint cans?
Being a homeowner has its perks – my favorite being changing the wall paint. I probably change at least one room a year! It’s so easy to update a look just by changing the wall colors, but then I have leftover paint cans filling up the garage. I can’t just throw paint cans away – it’s terrible for the environment. I want to recycle and up until now I didn’t know where to go to get it done correctly and conveniently.
I discovered PaintCare was available! I discovered that there are 25 locations within a reasonable distance of me that I can take my leftover paint to. PaintCare has been around since 2009 and the goal is to make paint recycling easy. The Oregon stewardship started in 2010 and has grown to 170 drop-off locations statewide, many in stores you already go to or drive by daily. Best of all there is NO CHARGE for dropping it all off.
The fees to operate are paid via a small fee added to paint sales in Oregon. I just bought paint and I didn’t even notice the fee it was so small. Paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach, program administration, and to manage old “legacy” paint (paint that has been accumulating in homes and businesses before the program started).
Drop-off sites are paint retailers (such as some home improvement and hardware stores) that have a volunteer available to accept the paint. Paint product that can be dropped off include the following (up to 30 years old):
- shellac & varnish
- misc clear coatings
Spray paints and craft paints are not part of the program.
Without the PaintCare program, the best options for households to recycle or dispose of unwanted paint are government-run household hazardous waste facilities and special one-day “round-up” events with limited days, hours and locations. In states with the PaintCare program, many new paint drop-off locations have been established. Most of these locations are paint retailers who have volunteered to take back paint during regular business hours making paint recycling and disposal much more convenient for the public.
Visit PaintCare Locator to find a drop-off location in your area. Along with Oregon, PaintCare is also available in the following states:
- District of Columbia
- Rhode Island