Protecting Oregon's Environment
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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Land Quality 

Solid Waste

Prevention and Reuse
Recovery and Compost
Oregon Recycling Laws:
A History
Conferences, Training & Workshops

Product Stewardship


Al Jones of Fred Meyer in The Dalles, OR.In 2009 Oregon became the first state in the nation to enact a law requiring paint manufacturers to start a program to reduce paint waste, increase paint reuse and recycling, and safely dispose of remaining unusable paint. The resulting paint product stewardship program is paid for by Oregonians who buy paint, managed by industry, and overseen by DEQ.

Where can I take my leftover paint?
A map-based collection site finder on the PaintCare website.

Managing leftover paint is important because paint is the largest component of local household hazardous waste collection programs. An estimated ten percent of the more than 7.5 million gallons of architectural paint sold each year in Oregon is unused. This difficult-to-manage waste can be captured for reuse, recycling, energy recovery, or safe disposal. Managing leftover paint properly requires public awareness and a convenient and effective collection infrastructure, which is currently beyond the budgets of most local governments.

The paint stewardship program began as a pilot program in July 2010, and it complements and expands on the current network of local waste collection programs. Under the stewardship program local governments are saving money in transportation and disposal costs. During the first two years, the pilot program collected nearly a million gallons of leftover paint. Paint recycling is now more convenient throughout the state, particularly in areas that previously didn’t have paint recycling opportunities.

Oregon’s 2013 Legislature made the paint stewardship program permanent. The new law will bolster customer convenience, the stewardship organization’s accountability for meeting collection and reporting goals, and DEQ’s ability to oversee program operations and compliance.




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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Headquarters: 811 SW Sixth Ave., Portland, OR 97204-1390
Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
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