Paint Stewardship Program Has Launched

California is the second state in the nation to enact an industry-led, statewide program to reduce the generation of leftover paint, promote its reuse, and properly manage unwanted leftover paint. This program follows producer responsibility principles to ensure that leftover paint is properly managed in a manner that is sustainably funded and provides jobs to Californians.

The California Paint Care program was launched in October of 2012 starting out with a few select drop off locations. To see a list of drop off locations click here. For more information on the program and how you can participate visit the official website of Paint Care.org.

Residents, non-profit groups, and small quantity generators located in West Contra Costa County can also continue to drop off unwanted or leftover paint at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in North Richmond.  See information below.

Old Paint Cans(FREE Drop-off at HHW facility)

Residents may drop-off paints & solvents at the West County HHW Collection Facility.

   The following are banned from the trash:

  • Latex paint 
    (empty and dry metal paint cans can be placed into your recycling bin);
  • Oil-based paint
  • Nonempty aerosol paint or solvent cans 
    (all nonempty aerosol cans are banned from the trash) 
    (if completely empty, aerosol cans can be placed in your recycling bin);
  • Solvents 
    (includes materials such as paint thinners, finger nail polish remover, etc.)