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Introducing WA PaintCare

Calling Clark County businesses! Have you been hanging on to leftover paint from the upkeep of your business? Recycle it for free! Washington state has developed a paint stewardship law, establishing free paint drop-off locations for your partially used paint.

PaintCare, a non-profit organization, was created in 2021 to help plan and operate paint stewardship programs in states with paint stewardship laws. PaintCare has 250 year-round drop-off sites to recycle paint in Washington. These programs are funded by a PaintCare fee applied to the purchase price of new paint, making paint drop-off completely free of charge. This program is available for businesses, government agencies, and households, and has recycled over 1.2 million gallons of paint in Washington.

On PaintCare's website, there is a search engine for each state, making it easy to find the closest location to drop-off. Within Clark County, there are 25 donation locations, most of which accept 10-20 gallons of paint at once. 

 PaintCare also has a free large volume pick-up (LVP) service for paint quantities exceeding 100 gallons. To schedule an LVP, fill out the request form on PaintCare's website and a hauler will come to your location to pick up your paint for recycling.

It is important to know what is accepted at PaintCare drop-off sites and LVP's. House paint, primers, stains, rust preventatives, sealers, and clear coatings like shellac and varnish are accepted in containers no larger than 5 gallons in size. These products must be in their original containers with attached manufacturer's label and a secure lid.

What is not accepted are aerosols, solvents, paint additives, auto or marine paints, and products labeled for industrial or non-architectural use. Below is a printable PDF of accepted vs. unaccepted items.

 One of the most important efforts of the PaintCare program is its Paint smarter campaign. On their website, PaintCare provides tips on how to buy the right amount of paint, how to store paint so it lasts longer, and ideas to use up or give away leftover paint. Clark County Green Biz strongly encourages your business to check out PaintCare's website and manage your paints effectively!

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