California Starts A New Paint Recycling Program! Share

October 21, 2012

Recycling your paint cans just got easier. As of October 19, 2012, the California law called the California Paint Stewardship Program went into effect. The law requires paint manufacturers to develop a take-back system for left over paint for both residential and commercial consumers. Californians will be able to bring unused cans of paint to designated retailers and drop-off sites that have partnered with the California Paint Stewardship Program to recycle them.

California’s program is only the second of its kind in the United States. Oregon was the first to implement a pilot program, which started just two years ago. Connecticut and Rhode Island are also planning similar programs. This law ensures environmentally-responsible management for leftover paint and also relieves the local and state governments of the economic burden of dealing with management of leftover paint.

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