Program Guidelines for PaintCare

Under PaintCare™ CPCA manufacturer members adhere to the following guidelines in program development and implementation:

  • An industry-run product stewardship organization collects and allocates funds for the full costs of recycling with full transparency
  • A consumer-based cost recovery system provides a level playing field for manufacturers and retailers
  • Legislation and regulation or some form of government oversight is most often used to protect industry from anti-competitive issues particularly with respect to the financing system
  • The best approach is to have costs fully transparent to the consumer to reinforce the benefits of recycling as a central part of overall consumer education
  • Consumer education is a cornerstone of the system to reduce the volume of leftover paint and the overall costs of managing leftover paint
  • Paint collection and management must be cost-effective to lessen the impact on both industry and the consumer, but mandatory collection and recycling targets are not appropriate for paint given that it is a consumable product
  • Consideration is given to leftover paint collection in rural areas and in areas where cans of paint are less than one-third full
  • Oil-based paint should be collected primarily for fuel blending due to its ignitability and lack of suitable recycling options
  • There is no mandatory “take-back” at retail locations, although retailers and manufacturers may take-back product voluntarily as an obligated steward
  • Industry partners and government infrastructure must work toward sharing the cost and responsibility of managing post-consumer paint for the benefit of the environment and human health
  • Existing government collection infrastructure, where available, should be used and where it is non-existent the program may need to subsidize new collection system infrastructure

Paint Stewardship Program Operators in Canada

Canada is fortunate to have three strong program operators for post-consumer paint in Canada, which are not-for-profit organizations that subscribe to the principles outlined under PaintCare™. They fulfill the manufacturer member requirements as the “obligated stewards” named in provincial legislation for post-consumer waste paint collection programs. It is a FREE service for paint collection sites and FREE for consumers who wish to properly dispose of their leftover paint.

For details of the locations to drop-off your leftover paint and see the ongoing success in each province, please visit the website of the three program operators noted below.

CPCA member companies reap the rewards of our ongoing international efforts as a member of the International Paint and Printing Ink Council focused on supporting strong national and international brands.