Information, resources, and examples for the SABRC category, paint products.

PaintMinimum Content Requirement

  • Minimum content requirement: 50 percent postconsumer (PCC section 12209(g)).
  • Of all the paint purchased, at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure recycled paint meeting the 50 percent post-consumer content requirement.
  • For statutes specifically pertaining to recycled paint, refer to the paint section on the Statutes Pertaining to the State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign.
  • Please see the SABRC section on the State Agency’s Laws and Regulation web page for general, relevant SABRC legislation.

Example Paint Categories

Paint types include, but are not limited to:

  • water-based paint
  • graffiti abatement
  • interior and exterior
  • maintenance
  • primer
  • low-VOC paint/primer
  • direct-to-metal
  • stain-blocker
  • asphalt sealer

Note: Reused or refurbished products should be considered 100 percent recycled; no minimum content is required.

Misconceptions on Recycled Paint

Can of variety paintsSome agencies are skeptical about using recycled paint in particular environments due to quality or content. However, paint quality and standards have changed dramatically over the last few years. Please go to our “Misconceptions on Recycled Paint” page to discover the truth about recycled paint.

California Recycled Paint Manufacturers*

*Purchasing paint from any of these manufacturers does not automatically guarantee compliance with SABRC, EPP, local air quality, or other agency specific requirements. Please purchase according to your agency’s minimum requirements or standards. Identification of individuals, companies, and products on this list does not constitute endorsement by CalRecycle. CalRecycle distributes/publishes this information to increase public awareness and to build markets for recycled content products. This list should not be considered comprehensive.

Resources and Guidelines

State Agency Procurement

State Contract for Recycled Paint Procurement

Other reportable SABRC product categories:

For more information contact: State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign,