LOS ANGELES, Jan.11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PaintCare, the nonprofit organization implementing the California Paint Stewardship Program, which started in October 2012, has released its 2015 annual report (July 2014-June 2015) with some impressive results in the program's first three years.
Highlights of the program:
- Established 733 year-round (and 23 seasonal) drop-off locations throughout the state for households and businesses to recycle leftover paint at paint retailers, government-run household waste (HHW) facilities, solid waste transfer stations and other volunteer locations.
- More than 98.4% of California residents have a year-round drop-off site within 15 miles of their home.
- Managed paint from 192 municipal HHW drop-off events and 16 door-to-door collection programs.
- Organized nine paint-only drop-off events.
- Provided 184 direct large volume pick-ups from businesses, institutions, and others that had accumulated more than 300 gallons of paint at their sites.
- Handled more than 2.7 million gallons of postconsumer paint, for a total of more than 5.3 million gallons in the first three years, most of which was made into recycled-content paint or, in the case of oil base paint, used for fuel.
- Recycled approximately 1,680 tons of plastic and metal paint cans.
"As the California program completed its third year, we've learned many important things to help us continue our success with this large-scale, statewide management program for leftover paint," said Jeremy Jones, PaintCare's West Coast program manager. "We have made much progress and look forward to seeing the results of our increased financial incentive for paint reuse."
The California Paint Stewardship Law, supported by paint manufacturers and signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2010, established the program to decrease the generation of postconsumer architectural paint, promote using up leftover paint, and manage the paint in an environmentally sound manner for collection, transportation, processing, recycling and proper disposal. There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare location.
To find the nearest PaintCare drop-off locations and to learn more about the types of products that are accepted, visit www.paintcare.org/california. PaintCare also operates paint recycling programs in Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont – with the District of Columbia soon to follow in 2016.
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