The California Paint Stewardship Law (Public Resources Code Section 48700--48706) established an industry-led, statewide program to manage the reuse, recycling, and proper disposal of leftover paint. This page provides information on the Paint Stewardship Program and its implementation.

Stewardship Plans

Stewardship plans define how a manufacturer or stewardship organization intends to fulfill its responsibilities under the law and communicate a course of action to stakeholders and the public. Plans will be posted at this website and must include the following information:

  • Demonstrate sufficient funding for the program, including a funding mechanism for securing and dispersing funds to cover administrative, operational, and capital costs, including the assessments of charges on architectural paint sold by manufacturers in this state.
  • Coordination of the program with existing local household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs.
  • Goals established by the manufacturer or stewardship organization to achieve the purpose of the program, including recovery and recycling of leftover paint.
  • Education and outreach efforts.

PaintCare Program Plan

PaintCare is the only stewardship organization that has submitted a plan to CalRecycle to-date. CalRecycle approved PaintCare's Revised Architectural Paint Stewardship Program Plan on July 19, 2012.

CEQA Compliance

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), CalRecycle prepared the following documents concerning PaintCare's Architectural Paint Stewardship Program Plan submitted on June 4, 2012.

Compliant Manufacturers and Brands

Visit CalRecycle's page on manufacturers and brands operating under a CalRecycle-approved stewardship plan.


Subscribe to the CalRecycle Paint Stewardship listserv to receive periodic e-mail updates specific to CalRecycle-related implementation activities.
You can review previous messages and dialogues by visiting the Paint Stewardship Listserv Archive.

Public Notices

For public notices that relate to CalRecycle oversight of the Paint Stewardship Program (e.g., department decisions regarding regulations, plan approval, annual report compliance, etc.) please visit the CalRecycle public notice page.