November 02, 2005 06:00 ET

Earth 911 Joins With National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA) & Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) to Launch Paint Wise Web Portal

Environmental Website Educates Consumers on Leftover Paint Reuse & Recycling

PHOENIX, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 2, 2005 --Earth 911 (, the nation's portal for local environmental information, has joined with the National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA) and the Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. (PSI) to launch the Paint Wise consumer information portal (

The Paint Wise web portal provides community-based information and tools to assist consumers in the purchase, application, storage and end-of-life management of paint. Resources include zip code-specific donation, recycling and disposing options, proper paint storage and paint calculation tools.

"Education of consumers is at the core of any effort to cost-effectively manage post consumer paint," said Andrew Doyle, President, NPCA. "This is a great resource for consumers, and the interactive paint estimation tools, coupled with localized information about paint donations or recycling, will go a long way toward protecting the environment and reducing this environmental burden on the communities."

PSI estimated that out of 650 million gallons of paint sold each year in the United States, between 16 and 35 million gallons become "surplus" paint. At the cost of approximately $8 per gallon, managing the leftover paint through recycling or disposal could cost the government and taxpayers up to $280 million dollars (Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) Government Affairs News, April 2004).

"Given the tremendous ecological and physical costs of managing leftover paint, it was critical that the industry join together to increase reuse and recycling, and to ensure proper end-of-life management of paint," stated Anne Reichman, Director of Earth 911. "With the Paint Wise portal, we have delivered a centralized, online resource that will educate and empower every consumer to minimize the environmental impact of surplus paint."

Reducing the amount of leftover paint generated by the public is one of the primary objectives of a nationwide collaboration of government, the paint industry and recycling community known as the Paint Product Stewardship Initiative, facilitated by PSI. For two years, this group of federal, state and local agencies, paint manufacturers, paint retailers, recyclers and others, such as Earth 911 and NPCA, has been working toward a nationwide strategy to better manage leftover paint.

"This national initiative will educate consumers on how to reduce paint waste, and will provide more opportunities for them to reuse and recycle their leftover paint," said Scott Cassel, PSI Executive Director. "Paint Wise is a 24-hour resource that consumers can continually turn to for updated information on how best to manage leftover paint in their local area."

About NPCA

National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA) is a voluntary, non-profit trade association representing some 350 manufacturers of paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and caulks, raw materials suppliers to the industry, and product distributors. As the preeminent organization representing the coatings industry in the United States, NPCA's primary role is to serve as ally and advocate on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues at the federal, state, and local levels. In addition, NPCA provides members with such services as research and technical information, statistical management information, legal guidance, and community service project support. Visit or call 202-462-6272 for more information.

About PSI

Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. (PSI) is a national non-profit membership-based organization that assists state and local government agencies in establishing cooperative agreements with industry and developing other initiatives that reduce the health and environmental impacts from consumer products. For more information, please visit or call 617-236-4855.

About Earth 911

A public/private partnership, Earth 911™ ( is the nation's portal for local environmental action and information. Through its zip code-based online tools and data, the organization provides the public with locations that recycle and safely dispose of thousands of household products, real-time beach water quality levels, conservation resources and information about environmentally friendly lifestyles. Winner of the Stockholm Challenge Award, Earth 911 is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state and local governments, and is funded by corporate partners including Home Depot, Hewlett-Packard and ESRI.

Earth 911 is one of several divisions under the umbrella of Engaging and Empowering Citizenship, Inc. (E2C); other divisions include PETS 911 ( and AMBER Alert Portal (

For more information, please visit or call 480-889-2650.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Anne Reichman
    Earth 911
    Email Contact

    Alison Keane
    National Paint & Coatings Association (NPCA)
    Email Contact

    Scott Cassel
    Product Stewardship Institute (PSI)
    Email Contact