What’s the big deal about the Oregon Paint Tax Law?

On July 23rd, 2009, Governor Ted Kulongoski signed a new law that requires citizens, paint manufactures, paint retailers, recyclers, & contractors to efficiently manage left over paint. Oregon is now the first state in the republic to pass a law requiring the Go Green alternative, in doing so, our state is recognized as a national leader because we don’t cry over our spilled paint, we recycle it and save money instead.

According to the Product Stewardship Institute “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that about 10 percent of all paint purchased in the United States becomes leftover – around 64 million gallons annually. The cost for municipalities to manage leftover consumer paint averages $8 per gallon, making paint a half a billion dollar per year management cost.”

That’s a cool 500,000,000 million dollars, which if you thought of it in terms of occupied space it comes out to be roughly 19,939 cubic feet or 34,454,610 Inches
“6.14 in x 2.61 in x 0.0043 in
one billion one-dollar bills would occupy a volume of
68,909,220 cubic inches
= 39878 cubic feet”

From a consumer perspective, it is beneficial to the environment, good for Metro, it holds paint suppliers, manufacturers & it keeps consumers responsible to clean up unused paint in their home

From a contractor’s perspective the idea is great and we support our local community by teaching others in Oregon about their options of going green. Our company gives our customers our contractor discount of 20-30 % off all paint and supplies to help offset the cost of this program. Metro already makes a good deal of money on dump fees alone, I would know as a contractor however they do not charge you to drop off your unused paint, solvents or chemicals When I found out about the “Paint Stewardship Program” I thought to myself, Why Oregon, Why Now? It turns out that The Product Stewardship Institute, “a non-profit” dedicated to solving waste problems is to thank for this law.
More information can be found here: http://www.productstewardship.us/

According to the press release concerning this law, “This new law ties into the wider producer responsibility movement, in which Oregon is a national leader. Producer responsibility means manufacturers internalize the end-of-life management costs of their products rather than have government set up and fund collection programs for waste products.” See the Oregon legislation

There are transportation costs to consider from all sides involved. The unused paint has to be dropped off at a Metro recycling center, it is processed, and then it is sent to the newly renovated Swan Island recycling facility. Then the government has to implement the program and they are planning on opening and maintaining 90 recycling centers, up from 30 centers in 2010

Andruszko Painting & General Contracting believes in proper stewardship of our assets, time, and relationships, we also think that this law keeps contractors accountable for their unused paint. I recently returned about 70-80 gallons of paint to the Rodda store on Progress in Beaverton. As a painting contractor, I want to leave the environment intact and help contribute to my responsibility to clean up after myself. You too can do your part by taking the time to donate your unused paint to Metro’s recycling program so you can help another person in the city paint their home. Think of it as helping your neighbor, indirectly while directly impacting the environment for the better.

If the pilot program of paint stewardship is successful other states will soon follow suit. If it is not, which I highly doubt that this is feasible because of the recent success of the program/law, the law will be repealed and Oregonians will wash their hands off and be done with it.

It is a good idea to take care of our environment and take responsibility for our individual contribution as a means to that end. Going green is hip, it is in, Green Talk is the newest fad. In Oregon, we tend to be highly conscientious about recycling, taking the max, riding bikes, cleaning up the beach, using low or zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints. More information about painting terms can be found here:
We embrace this standard of living because we love our beautiful Northwest and we desire to keep it that way.

In closing, the big deal is this: we can all do our part to contribute to the serenity, peace, and cleanliness of our state. How you choose to do so is up to you. It only takes about an hour of your time to go through your old paint, check the dates on the can, and decide what you want to keep and what you want to recycle.

if the paint is older then 5-7 years you may want to consider that this number is the happy medium in which paint lasts in a can, after this time period the chemicals will harden and the paint will be useless. Shake the can to see if you can hear any liquids moving, if you do not hear anything recycle it, if you do hear liquids, open it, stir the paint up with a stir stick, dab it with your finger and put it on the substrate that matches that color of paint on the substrate of your home or business. If the color dries and matches the paint on the wall with out much color difference, the paint is still good. If the color is off and does not match you may want to consider doing your part to recycle the paint.

There are 2 simple ways to storing your paint effectively

1) Put a plastic bag or saran wrap over the 1 gallon paint can, seal the lid over the plastic by pressing hard on the lid with your palms or use a rubber mallet.
2) Store the paint upside-down away from water heaters, gas furnaces and the like. If you are concerned about the seal on the can while storing your paint upside down put a drop cloth underneath it or store in a box.

Below is a list of retailers that will accept your unused paint which can found here:

Suburban Ace Hardware Inc(1.7mi)
3470 SW 185th , Aloha, OR, 97006
Mon-Fri 7 am-7 pm
Sat 8 am-6 pm
Sun 12 pm-5 pm
Phone: (503) 649-5555
Miller Paint- Murray Rd Portland(2.6mi)
1040 NW Murray Rd, Portland, OR, 97229
Mon-Sat 7 am-6 pm
Sun 11 am-4 pm
Phone: (503) 574-4411
Washington County ReStore(3mi)
13475 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR, 97005
Tue-Sat 9 am-5 pm
Phone: 503-906-3823
Miller Paint-Beaverton (5.3mi)
8703 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR, 97225
Mon-Sat 7 am-6 pm
Sun 11 am-4 pm
Phone: (503) 292 4444
Rodda Paint – Progress (5.7mi)
8614 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton, OR, 97008
Mon-Fri 7 am-6 pm
Sat 8 am-4 pm
Phone: (503) 644-6188
Metro Central HHW Facility(6.7mi)
6161 NW 61st, Portland, OR, 97201
Mon-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Phone: (503) 234-3000
Roosevelt Sherwin Williams(8.2mi)
2246 NW Roosevelt, Portland, OR, 97210
Mon-Fri 6:30 am-5:30 pm
Sat 8 am-1 pm
Phone: (503) 222-5665
Portland ReStore (9.7mi)
66 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR, 97214
Tue-Sat 9 am-5 pm
Phone: (503) 283-6247
Rodda Paint – Eastside (9.9mi)
321 SE Taylor, Portland, OR, 97214
Mon-Fri 7 am-6 pm
Sat 8 am-4 pm
Phone: (503) 233-6016
Kaleidoscope Paint (10.1mi)
909 SE Salmon Street, Portland, OR, 97214
Mon-Fri 8 am-5:30 pm
Sat 10 am-4 pm
Phone: (503) 236-6919
Tualatin Sherwin Williams(10.7mi)
19390 SW 90th Court, Tualatin, OR, 97062-7503
Mon-Fri 6:30 am-7 pm
Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun 10 am-4 pm
Phone: (503) 691-0500
Miller Paint – Lake Oswego(12mi)
544 North State St, Lake Oswego, OR, 97034
Mon-Sat 7 am-6 pm
Sun 11 am-4 pm
Phone: (971) 204-0007
Powell Paint Center (12.5mi)
5205 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR, 97206
Mon-Fri 7 am-5:30 pm
Sat 8 am-5 pm
Sun closed
Phone: 503-775-3642
Newberg Hardware (15.7mi)
2100 Portland Rd, Newberg, OR, 97132
Mon-Fri 7 am-6 pm
Sat 8 am -6 pm
Sun 10 am-4 pm
Phone: (503) 538-5460
Powell Villa Ace Hardware(16mi)
3660 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR, 97236
Mon-Fri 8 am-7 pm
Sat 9 am-6 pm
Sun 9 am-5 pm
Phone: 503-761-2640
Miller Paint – Clackamas (16.8mi)
10210 SE Hwy 212, Clackamas, OR, 97015
Mon-Sat 7 am-6 pm
Sun 11 am-4 pm
Phone: (503)-607-0156
Metro South HHW Facility(16.9mi)
2001 Washington St. , Oregon City, OR, 97045
Mon-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Phone: (503) 234-3000
Parkrose Hardware (20.7mi)
106 25 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR, 97220
Mon-Sat 7 am-7 pm
Sun 8 am-6 pm
Phone: (503) 256-3103
Miller Paint- Gresham (22mi)
1831 E Powell Blvd , Gresham, OR, 97080
Mon-Sat 7 am-6 pm
Phone: (503) 666-9018
Columbia County (22.5mi)
1601 Rail Road Ave, St Helens, OR, 97051
Last Saturday of every month
from 8am-12 noon


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