MD Adopting Paint Recycling Program Legislation


Maryland lawmakers recently passed a measure that would bring the American Coatings Association’s PaintCare paint recycling program to the state.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Benjamin Brooks (D-Baltimore County). According to Maryland Matters, Senate Bill 325 passed with a vote of 100-37 and will now go to Maryland Governor Wes Moore to sign.

The law will require producers of architectural paint or a representative organization to submit a plan for the establishment of a Paint Stewardship Program to the Department of the Environment by July 1, 2025.

This will also require the department to review and approve certain plans, including a certain assessment, as well as prohibit the sale of certain architectural paint beginning Jan. 1, 2026, unless an approved Paint Stewardship Program has been implemented by certain producers.

Architectural paint is reportedly defined as interior or exterior coatings sold in containers of five gallons or less. It doesn’t include industrial, specialty or original equipment coatings.

Beginning on April 1, 2026, a company must submit an annual report to the department that details how it is complying with the program and includes a description of the methods used to collect, transport and process paint.

It must also include the volume collected, disposed and reused in each county and the total cost to implement and sustain the program.

Additionally, companies must pay an annual fee as well as a plan review fee to MDE for approval, a process that could take up to six months.

According to the ACA, if the PaintCare bill becomes law, Maryland would join Oregon, California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Minnesota, Maine, Colorado, Washington, New York, Illinois and the District of Columbia, all of which have enacted legislation.

The program is designed to relieve a considerable financial burden on local governments, which currently funds these programs.

The legislation would reportedly require PaintCare to establish a paint collection site within 15 miles of 90% of the state’s residents. Permanent collection sites must be set up for every 50,000 residents of a population center.

The association also explains that the assessment funding the program must be approved by an independent audit submitted to the Maryland Department of the Environment and must be set at a rate to cover only the cost to manage and sustain the program.

Recent PaintCare News

At the end of July last year, the governor of Illinois signed a new law that established the program to dispose of household paint in the state.

Under the law, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will use PaintCare, a nonprofit organization that operates the post-consumer program with paint manufacturers to run the process and provide free drop-off sites statewide.

Additionally, paint manufacturers would be required to submit a plan and pay a fee to the Illinois EPA to stand up a paint collection site, service or event. The free collection sites or events would reportedly be within a 15-mile radius for 90% of Illinois residents.

The bill went into effect on Jan. 1.

Then, in August, PaintCare commemorated a decade of paint recycling in California, with the collection of more than 34 million gallons since its launch. According to a recent report, this number is almost half of what the nonprofit has collected nationwide.

The California paint stewardship law was only the second in the U.S. at the time of its passing. In the program’s first year, PaintCare established 495 paint drop-off sites; collected and processed 632,652 gallons of paint; and recycled 363 tons of plastic and metal paint cans.

Shortly after, in September, PaintCare announced that its New York program has recovered over one million gallons of architectural paint products.

According to PaintCare, it is estimated that more than 95% of New York residents now live within 15 miles of a drop-off site. The majority of drop-off sites are located in paint retailers, hardware stores or locally managed government facilities.


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