Contractors Also May Qualify for PaintCare's Free Large Volume Pick-Up Service

SACRAMENTO – Do you know how easy it is to dispose of your unused paint, primer, stains, sealers, and clear coatings in an environmentally responsible way?

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PaintCare, a non-profit stewardship organization that runs paint recycling programs across the country, launched in California in 2012. Today, there are more than 725 convenient and free drop-off sites located throughout the state, mostly at paint and retail hardware stores. Nearly 99 percent of Californians live within 15 miles of a PaintCare drop-off location, and businesses and residents alike are encouraged to drop-off their unwanted paint.

Painting contractors, property managers, and others with large amounts of unwanted paint can also enjoy the convenience of PaintCare’s free Large-Volume Pick-up (LVP) service. If you have more than 200 gallons, measured by container size (not content), you qualify for the free service. Last year, PaintCare completed more than 500 large-volume pick-ups across the state.

Additionally, if you frequently dispose of large amounts of paint, a regular pick-up service can be arranged. To request a large volume pick-up simply fill out a paper or electronic version of the "Large Volume Pick-Up Request Form" and return it to PaintCare by email, fax, or regular mail. Visit for the form.

What Products Does PaintCare Accept?
PaintCare Sites Accept PaintCare Sites Do NOT Accept
  • House Paint
  • Primers
  • Stains
  • Sealers
  • Clear coatings (such as shellac and varnish)
  • Aerosols (spray cans)
  • Solvents
  • Products intended for industrial use
  • Products intended for non-architectural use
  • Open, leaking or unlabeled containers

Learn more about what PaintCare accepts and does not accept for pickups and drop-offs.

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