A nationwide agreement among paint retailers and manufacturers to collect leftover paint from consumers and contractors is getting its start in Oregon.

A nationwide agreement among paint retailers and manufacturers to collect leftover paint from consumers and contractors is getting its start in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says the first 45 collection sites will start taking leftover paints, stains and lacquers on Thursday. They include paint stores and household hazardous waste collection sites.

Locally, Miller Paint stores in Medford and Ashland will be collection sites, as will Sherwin-Williams stores in Medford and Grants Pass.

The PaintCare program created by a paint industry group was enacted by Oregon's Legislature last year. It imposes a surcharge on paint cans to raise an estimated $4.5 million to pay for the program.

Hazardous waste coordinator Abby Bourdouris says this is part of a broad effort to make manufacturers responsible for disposal of their products.

Details: www.paintcare.org.

— The Associated Press