Paint Recycling

In October 2012, the California Paint Stewardship Law (AB 1343) passed requiring paint manufacturers to develop a financially and environmentally sustainable program to manage post-consumer architectural paint and make paint recycling more convenient for consumers. The American Coatings Association established PaintCare (a non-profit organization responsible for implementing state-mandated paint stewardship programs on behalf of paint manufacturers).

Paint Use, Storage and Recycling

Buy the Right Amount

When estimating how much paint you need, there are several variables to take into account. Measure your room, bring measurements to the paint store, and ask staff for help figuring out how much paint to buy. Have answers ready for the following questions:

  • What is the square footage?
  • Are you making a big color change?
  • Is the surface textured?
  • What sheen? Shiny or flat?
  • Have you used primer?
  • Would a tinted primer help with coverage?
  • Visit www.paintcare.org for more tips on buying, storing and using paint.

Use It Up

Using leftover paint can save money.

  • More than a gallon: Use light shades as primers for other paint projects, or donate to a friend, neighbor, or local organization who can use it.
  • Less than a gallon: Paint a small room, like a bathroom or a closet. Experiment with accent walls, a wall with many windows, or a wall that flanks stairs. You can also recoat a scuffed-up piece of furniture. Paint garden accents and edging, or protect an old fence from weathering.
  • A quart: Perfect for updating a window frame or two, coordinating picture frames, brightening up the inside of a bookshelf, or creating a color “pop” by painting the inside of a drawer or cabinet.

Store Paint to Last

  • To prevent paint lids from damage, use a paint key inste of a screwdriver to open and a rubber mallet to close.
  • Keep the rim clean by poking holes in the rim with a medium size nail so that paint drips back into the can and doesn’t accumulate in the rim. Wipe out the rim regularly while you are working and just before putting on the lid.
  • Securely strap a rubber band across the top of the paint can to use for cleaning the edge of a paint brush instead of the rim.
  • Cover the opening with a piece of plastic wrap before putting on the lid. The plastic will act as a gasket, creating a tighter seal.
  • Store in a cool, dry location.

PaintCare®-partner Drop-off sites

The American Coatings Association established PaintCare® (a non-profit organization responsible for implementing state-mandated paint stewardship programs on behalf of paint manufacturers). A “PaintCare Recovery Fee” is now included in the purchase price of products that will be accepted at PaintCare drop-off sites, as required by the California Paint Stewardship Law. Fees are based on container size.

  • Half pint or less  | No fee
  • More than a half pint to less than one (1) gallon  | $.035
  • One (1) gallon  | $.075
  • More than one (1) gallon up to five (5) gallons | $1.60

Drop-off sites in Long Beach:

  • Dunn-Edwards, 2211 N. Bellflower Blvd. (562) 494-2718
  • Sherwin-Williams, 1168 Harbor Ave. (562) 432-7961
  • Sherwin-Williams, 2925 N. Bellflower Blvd. (562) 627-1810
  • Vista Paint, 3405 E. Artesia Blvd. (562) 531-8038

Drop-off sites in Signal Hill:

  • Sherwin-Williams, 1000 E. Willow St. (562) 490-3337
  • Smith Paint, 2875 Cherry Ave. (562) 595-4761

DO bring these items to a PaintCare Partner:

  • Latex paints (acrylic, water-based)
  • Oil-based paints (alkyd)
  • Stains
  • Primers, sealers, undercoaters
  • Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component)
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)
  • Swimming pool paints (single component)
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives
  • Field and lawn paints

DO NOT bring these items to a PaintCare Partner:

  • Paint thinners, mineral spirits and solvents
  • Aerosol paints (spray cans)
  • Auto and marine paints
  • Traffic and road marking paints
  • Arts and crafts paints
  • Caulking compounds, epoxies, glues and adhesives
  • Paint additives, colorants, tints and resins
  • Wood preservatives
  • Roof patch and repair
  • Tar and bitumen-based products
  • 2-component coatings
  • Deck cleaners
  • Industrial Maintenance (IM) coatings
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) (shop application) paints and finishes

Other Disposal Options:

  • The Permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Center in Signal Hill is free to Long Beach residents and will accept your HHW, E-waste, Universal Waste and Home-generated Sharps:

EDCO Recycling and Transfer Collection Center
2755 California Ave., Signal Hill 90755
Open 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month | Hours: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • The Permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Center in San Pedro is free to Long Beach residents and will accept your HHW, E-waste, Universal Waste and Home-generated Sharps:

GAFFEY STREET S.A.F.E. CENTER
1400 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731
1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)
Open Saturdays and Sundays only | Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Take unwanted paint products to a Local HHW Collection Event (L.A. County CLEANLA)

Local Recycling Centers

Other recycling options exist throughout Long Beach. Use our interactive map to view locations. click the drop-down menu in the upper left corner of the map and click the items you wish to dispose of to see your options.