United States – The California Paint Stewardship Program in the USA amassed more than 2.7 million gallons (or 10 million litres) of post-consumer paint between July 2014 and June 2015.
A total of 5.3 million gallons (more than 20 million litres) has been collected since October 2012 and used predominantly in recycled-content paint or in fuel in the case of oil-based paints. The scheme from Washington-based stewardship organisation PaintCare boasts more than 730 collection sites across California and, to date, has recycled roughly 1680 tonnes of plastic and metal paint cans.
Now in its third year, the project has ensured that more than 98% of California residents have a ‘year-round’ drop-off site within 15 miles (24 km) of their home. Local governments are expected to save ‘millions of dollars’ once the initiative has been expanded to over 1000 collection points state-wide.
PaintCare partners with The American Coatings Association and The Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.
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