Susanville Paint Center now a collection site
|Old paint dropped off at Susanville Paint Center waits to be picked up by a trucking company. The local business is now a collection site for architectural paint, stains and lacquers, but space may be limited so people should call 257-6078 before dropping items off. In addition, Susanville Paint Center only accepts 10 gallons every two weeks per household. Photo by Ruth Ellis|
April 4, 2013 — A local business has become a collection site for residents to drop off old architectural paint, stains and lacquers.
Susanville Paint Center, at 2217 Main St., will accept 10 gallons every two weeks per household.
Collected paint is stored in a bin until a trucking company comes to pick it up, according to Susanville Paint Center Manager Bryan Haynes. Space may be limited so customers should call 257-6078 before dropping paint off.
The California Paint Stewardship Program, established by Assembly Bill 1343 (2010), requires paint manufacturers to develop a take-back system for leftover paint from household and commercial consumers.
PaintCare, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), was formed by the American Coatings Association to implement the new law. Paint Care also develops drop-off sites at paint retail stores, government run household hazardous waste facilities and other locations in California.
Effective October 2012, customers who buy more than a half pint of architectural paint and coatings pay a PaintCare Recovery Fee — 35 cents for more than a half pint to a gallon purchase; 75 cents for a gallon and $1.60 for one gallon up to five gallons.
Fees fund all aspects of the paint stewardship program, which includes paint collection, transportation, recycling outreach and program administration.
The new program does not include paint thinners, mineral spirits, aerosol paint, caulking compounds, glues, adhesives, paint additives, wood preservatives, tar-and bitumen- based products, deck cleaners, industrial maintenance coatings and original manufacturer paints and finishes.
Haynes said he thinks the program is good overall because it keeps people from throwing paint away or pouring it down the drain.
A sister store in Chester has also been set up as a collection site and the Quincy location is in the process of becoming a drop off location, too.
The Lassen Regional Solid Waste Management Authority staff is also working on the authority becoming a take back site.
Currently, paint of any kind is not allowed at the Bass Hill Landfill because it is considered a household hazardous waste. Authority staff does offer paint collection events by appointment only and then has to pay a legal contract hauler to get rid of it.
When the authority does become a drop-off site, it will allow residents more opportunities to get rid of paint and there will be no charge to the authority to dispose of it, because consumers have paid for it up front.
Regarding Susanville Paint Center becoming a collection site, Paula Wesch, authority program coordinator, said, “This will give Susanville and Lassen County residents another option for paint disposal while we continue to evolve our program.”
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