California PaintCare new program for paint recycling was launched today October 19, 2012

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California PaintCare will launch October 19, 2012

Press Release

California is the second state in the U.S. to enact industry-supported, paint stewardship legislation. This model legislation ensures environmentally-responsible management for postconsumer (leftover) architectural paint and relieves local and state governments of the economic burden of postconsumer paint management. PaintCare’s California Program begins October 19, 2012.

Legislation and Regulations
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
PaintCare Program Plan
Information for Consumers
Information for Retailers
Information for Manufacturers
Information for Municipal Paint Management Programs
Legislation and State Oversight
California’s PaintCare Program is a result of Assembly Bill 1343 (Huffman), passed in 2010. The legislation is further clarified through regulations. Links to the law, regulations, and to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) – the state agency overseeing implementation of the paint stewardship law – are provided here:

PaintCare Program Plan
The California Paint Stewardship Law requires manufacturers (either individually or through a stewardship organization such as PaintCare) to design their own stewardship program and present it to CalRecycle in the form of a Program Implementation Plan. The Plan specifies how postconsumer paint will be collected, transported, recycled and processed at its end-of-life, as well as how consumer education and outreach will be done to promote proper purchasing, using up remaining paint, and properly recycling or disposing of unwanted postconsumer paint. CalRecycle approved PaintCare’s Implementation Plan in July 2012. The initial and approved Program Plans are provided here:

Information for Paint Consumers

PaintCare Recovery Fees
Starting October 19, 2012, paint consumers will see the following PaintCare Recovery Fees added to the purchase price of architectural paints and coatings. As described in the section above, these fees will be used to fund all aspects of the paint stewardship program, including postconsumer paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach and program administration:

Half pint or less   $ 0.00
More than half pint to 1 less than 1 gallon   $ 0.35
1 gallon   $ 0.75
More than 1 gallon to 5 gallons   $ 1.60

Paint Drop-off Sites
Also beginning October 19, 2012, PaintCare will establish hundreds of retail and municipal postconsumer paint drop-off sites throughout the state. More than 450 sites have expressed interest in servicing as a drop-off site, however not all sites will be set up by October 19. PaintCare will work diligently to set up interested sites as soon as possible, so please check our site locator tool frequently for sites in your area.

Additional Information
The following documents provide additional information about the PaintCare program:

Information for Paint Retailers

Retail Responsibility
The California Paint Stewardship Law requires retailers to (1) include the PaintCare Recovery Fee in the sale price of program products, (2) only sell products registered for the program, and (3) maintain certain records for three years. More details are provided here:

1. Add Assessment Fee: Manufacturer must add the following Recovery Fees to their wholesale price of paint. Retailers much ensure these fees stay on the program product and are passed down to the consumer.

Half pint or less   $ 0.00
More than half pint to 1 less than 1 gallon   $ 0.35
1 gallon   $ 0.75
More than 1 gallon to 5 gallons   $ 1.60

The following poster can be downloaded and displayed in your store to assist with consumer education.

2. Sell Registered Brands: Make sure you are not selling unregistered architectural paint brands. Please note that the following manufacturer and brand lists are regularly updated. If you do not see a manufacturer or brand sold in your store on this list, please contact PaintCare at (202) 719-3683.

3. Maintain Required Records. Retailer must maintain required records. CalRecycle has the right to inspect these records to ensure compliance with the Paint Stewardship Law. Records must be retained by retailers for three years. Specifically, retailers must provide access to records on all architectural paint sold or offered for sale in the state including:

  1. The manufacturer of the paint;
  2. The date(s) the retailer purchased the paint from the manufacturer; and
  3. The date(s) the retailer sold the paint.

CalRecycle does not specify the form or method of documentation; retailers may maintain this information in any way they believe will verify compliance in the event of a review by CalRecycle.

CalRecycle may use a variety of mechanisms to verify retailer compliance, including, but not limited to program awareness, physical inspection, product review, and inspection of records as noted above.

CalRecycle has stated that it takes a progressive enforcement approach, with education being the first step in the case of non-compliance. CalRecycle staff can be reached at

Program Factsheets
The following factsheets provide additional information about program requirements for retailers:

Becoming a Paint Drop-off Site
Retailers may volunteer to be a paint drop-off site for residents and certain businesses in their community. To learn more about this, please see the following factsheet and sign-up form, and review the material under the next subsection (Drop-off Site Materials).

Drop-off Site Materials
PaintCare provides the following materials to drop-off sites as part of their training. Updates are made to these materials from time to time, and may be downloaded as needed.

Point-of-Sale (POS) Materials
All California paint retailers were mailed a starting packet of POS Trifold Brochures and POS Mini Cards prior to the California program launch. To order additional quantities please fill out the order form provided here. To discuss co-branding opportunities, please contact PaintCare at (202) 719-3694. Also available for downloading are bill inserts to notify business customers of the PaintCare program.

Retail Webinars
Webinars were held in August 2012 to provide California paint retailers an overview of the new California Paint Stewardship Law and to discuss the responsibilities and opportunities for paint retailers. A copy of the presentation is posted here.

Additional webinars are schedule for October and November. To register, please see the dates below:

Information for Manufacturers of Architectural Coatings

State Compliance
By participating in the PaintCare Program, you will fulfill your obligations of the California Paint Stewardship law. The PaintCare program is funded by a per-can assessment fee (“PaintCare Recovery Fee”) paid by architectural paint manufacturers to PaintCare based on their sales in California. The fees fund all aspects of the required program. The following factsheet provide additional information about the California Paint Stewardship Law and PaintCare program.

PaintCare Registration
To register your company and paint brands with PaintCare, please fill out the following form and return as instructed. Following submittal of the form, PaintCare will update its registered manufacturer and brand lists and provide the update to CalRecycle. You will also receive a response from PaintCare with information on how to establish a confidential on-line profile for sales reporting and Recovery Fee remittance.

Registered Manufacturers and Brands
PaintCare maintains a list of registered manufacturers and brands. After October 19, 2012, brands not registered with the PaintCare program may not be sold in California. Retailers use these lists to verify that they are only selling registered architectural coatings. CalRecycle uses these lists to conduct compliance audits and enforcement.

Remitter Agreement
Agreements may be used to transfer the payment function from the manufacturer to a distributor or retailer. The following factsheet details how and under what circumstances a Remitter Agreement may be used, and why the agreement may be helpful in a complex distribution chain. There are two types of Remitter Agreements – one that moves the reporting and fee remittance function from a manufacturer to a retailer or distributor, and one that moves it from the distributor to a retailer – both are provided below.

Information for Municipal Paint Management Programs

Letter of Interest
PaintCare welcomes partnerships with household hazardous waste collection programs, transfer stations, retailers and other convenient paint collection sites for the public. To establish a partnership, please begin by completing the following Letter of Interest and submit it to

Municipal Drop-off Site Contract

Once a letter of interest has been submitted to PaintCare, contract negotiations may begin. The following model contract describes the participation requirements and partnership opportunities. PaintCare covers the cost of paint storage bins, paint transportation and recycling, and public outreach and education. There is no monetary compensation for serving as a drop-off site; however, compensation may be negotiated for additional services provided beyond serving as a drop-off site (see Attachment C of the contract for a list of services). If you have any question about the model contract, please contact PaintCare at (202) 719-3683 or by email at

In partnership with the California Product Stewardship Council PaintCare held a series of webinars in 2012 for municipal agencies. The webinars covered how household hazardous waste facilities, transfer stations, landfills, public works yards, ABOPs (Recycle-only facilities) and other non- retail sites can become PaintCare drop-off sites. To view presentations and Questions & Answers from these webinars, please go to PaintCare Webinars. Additional webinars will be held in the Fall of 2012. Updates will be posted here.


Recycling Rare …

Recycling Rare Earth Metals: What Does China Know That We Don’t?

Posted by June Stoyer

What Are They & Why Do They Matter?

Rare earth metals are actually not rare in and of themselves but tend to be present with other compounds in very small quantities. Rare earth metals are used for a myriad of reasons including electronics, fuel cells, fiber optics, magnets, CRT’s and LCD’s, as well as their extensive use in green technology.

Most new plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles will use lithium-ion batteries (above) rather than the nickel-metal hydride batteries used in most hybrid electric vehicles.
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Here is a more detailed list. (source:

  • Rechargeable batteries (in camcorders), cell phones, PDAs, laptop
  • Computers and other portable devices.
  • Wind turbines, drinking water filters, petrochemical catalysts,
  • Polishing powders, hydrogen storage, fluorescent lighting, flat panels,
  • Color televisions, glass, ceramics and automotive catalysts.
  • Fiberoptics, dental and surgical lasers, MRI systems, as medical
  • Contrast agents, in medical isotopes and in positron emission
  • Tomography scintillation detectors.
  • Magnetic refrigeration
  • Rechargeable batteries used in hybrid vehicles
  • Permanent magnets
  • Military application

China Raises Rare-Earth Export Quota

According to an article in the Wall St. Journal, by James T. Areddy and Chuin-Wei Yap

“China’s government eased its restrictions on rare-earth exports for the first time since 2005 in an apparent nod to a trade fight over Beijing’s tight global grip on production of the strategically important minerals.

But industry executives said the move will do little to shake China’s dominance of a market crucial to industries as diverse as oil refining, electric vehicles and ballistic missiles.

China’s Ministry of Commerce said Wednesday that it will permit 2.7% more volume of rare earth—30,996 metric tons—to leave the country this year than it did in 2011. The increase follows a number of tighter limits imposed …”

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

Americans continue to toss out materials that utilize rare earth metals. China profits from our waste by recycling them. They are refurbishes, repurposed and sold right back to the American market at a huge profit. At what point will Americans recognize the potential in this waste?

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

According to a research by Dr. Peter Dent from Electron Energy Corp., The total world market size for rare-earth magnetic materials was:

  • $9.1 billion in 2007 and is projected to grow to
  • $12 billion in 2011 and to
  • $21 billion by 2020

Reducing greenhouse gases through composting and recycling

Reducing greenhouse gases through composting and recycling

The workgroup began by focusing on the life-cycle impacts of materials currently being disposed in
landfills and the GHG emissions reductions that are possible by diverting discarded materials from
landfills through recycling and composting. Although additional materials management approaches,
including reuse, remanufacturing, source reduction, material reduction/substitution,
environmentally preferable purchasing, upstream design and manufacturing changes, also promise
significant emissions reductions, the scope of this paper is limited to evaluating only recycling and
composting. Future Workgroup projects will focus more on the emissions reduction potential of these
other approaches.