The American Coating Association's PaintCare program plan has been officially approved by CalRecycle, California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. The California PaintCare program will officially start Oct. 19.
PaintCare Inc. submitted its program plan for its California PaintCare program to CalRecycle on April 2, and a revised version based on feedback from CalRecycle on June 4, 2012.
The California PaintCare program is intended to significantly increase post-consumer architectural paint collection sites and recycling opportunities for residents, small businesses and other generators of post-consumer architectural paint, while providing substantial cost savings to municipal household hazardous waste collection programs.
The comprehensive plan, which covers everything from PaintCare’s operational organization, to program products, collection infrastructure, budget, and education and outreach, follows the statute that mandated the paint stewardship program. Eighty-five manufacturers have registered for California, with more responding each week. PaintCare has identified more than 500 municipal paint collection sites and events, and has started the process to partner and contract with the agencies that manage these programs. PaintCare has also identified more than 2,700 paint retailers and 1,000 contractors. Outreach to both of these groups began in April.