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California buys paint in bulk for construction and safety purposes. Buyers who consider the full life cycle of paint, from manufacturing to waste management, contribute to the bigger picture of environmental sustainability. Chemicals in paint provide protection against weathering and corrosion, but if managed inappropriately can pollute the air and contaminate waterways.  Sustainable paints are non-toxic, have low volatile organic compounds (VOC) and contain postconsumer recycled content (PCRC).

Green Contracts

The following contract offers recycled paint for exterior use.

Due to health concerns associated with the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) the recycled paint on this contact is intended for exterior use only. Currently, the marketplace does not offer Zero VOC (< 20 mg/l), or Low VOC (<50 mg/l) recycled paint. For interior use and based on performance needs, select new Zero or Low VOC paint.

This contract may be open to Local Governmental Agencies as defined by Public Contract Code Section 10298. Click on “Buy Green Now” to view the Contract User Instructions for further details.

This contract offers SABRC compliant line items. View the contract for complete details.

Contract Name: Recycled Latex Paint (Exterior)
Contract ID/Number:  1-16-80-10

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The following technical and environmental specifications are incorporated in the state's contract(s) and are linked here for informational purposes only.

To Buy Green through the state's contract, click on the Green Contracts accordion and select "Buy Green Now."

Recycled Latex Paint (Exterior) 

Laws, Regulations and Policy


  • Public Contract Code Sections 12200-12217 - State Agency Buy Recycle Campaign Requirements


  • California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Sections 94507-94517 - Reducing VOC Emissions in Consumer Products
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Sections 94520-94528 - Aerosol Coating Products
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Sections 94520-94701 - Reducing the Ozone Formed from Aerosol Coating Product Emissions
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Sections 94540-94555 - Alternative Control Plan for Reducing VOC in Consumer Products and Aerosol Coating Products


  • Management Memo 15-06 - State Buildings and Grounds Maintenance and Operation

Certifications and Standards

  • Green Seal GS-11: Paints and Coatings
  • Green Seal GS-43: Recycled Paint
  • Green Seal GS-47: Stains and Finishes
  • Master Painters Institute GPS-1-08
  • Master Painters Institute GPS-2-08
  • State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) Compliant
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1113

Buying Tips

  • Buy paint that contains recycled materials with low VOC emissions.
  • Look for products that are Green Seal ®certified. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) classifies these products as low-emitting materials.
  • Place paint take-back language in contracts to encourage paint recycling.
  • Return paint waste to a recycling facility.

References and Resources