PaintCare holds free drop off events in California

PaintCare holds free drop off events in California

Households and businesses can drop off used paints for recycling in several towns during May and June.

PaintCare California has kicked off its first of four free, one-day events of the season on Earth Day, April 22, in Santa Monica, California. Additional events will be held on Saturday, April 29 in Hemet, California, May 20 in Santa Clarita, California, June 10 in Lake Los Angeles and June 17 in Mariposa, California. These events are open to households and businesses, such as painting contractors and property managers, in California.

PaintCare holds one-day events in various parts of the state for anyone to bring house paint, stain and varnish. They are an important part of the paint recycling program. Households can bring any amount of paint to these events; businesses can bring unlimited amounts of latex paint, with a few restrictions on oil-based paint. 

"Even though we have nearly 800 drop-off sites where Californians can recycle smaller amounts of paint all year round, it's important for us to get out in front of the public at these Saturday events," says Jeremy Jones, PaintCare's West Coast program manager.  "We want to engage with the public and offer more opportunities to recycle and dispose of their unwanted paint, stain and varnish. We're pleased with how well the public has embraced these events, which complement our year-round drop-off sites and other services, especially for those with large amounts of paint to recycle."

Since the California program started in 2012, more than 10 million gallons of paint have been collected and processed. Another 10 million gallons have been collected from PaintCare's other programs in Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. 

To find the nearest PaintCare drop-off locations and to learn more about the types of products that are accepted, visit