Connecticut Program

Connecticut is the third state to pass paint stewardship legislation. This model legislation ensures environmentally responsible end-of-life management for leftover architectural paint and relieves state and local governments of the transportation and processing costs for post-consumer paint management.

PaintCare is sponsoring special one day Paint Only Drop-Off events on April 26th in Gales Ferry, May 10th in New Milford and Bristol, and May 31st in Vernon. These events are free and open to anyone in Connecticut. Click here for details.


  1. Consumers of Paint - Find a Drop-Off Site
  2. Retailers of Paint
  3. HHW Programs & Transfer Stations
  4. Law and Oversight Agency
  5. Program Plan
  6. Manufacturers of Paint and Coatings


1. Consumers of Paint - Find a Drop-Off Site

Drop-off Sites

PaintCare Inc., the non-profit organization established by the American Coatings Association to implement Paint Stewardship Programs in states that pass paint stewardship programs, is establishing drop-off sites for postconsumer (leftover) paint at retailers and other sites throughout Connecticut. Since the Connecticut program started on July 1, 2013  we have set up 100 new sites where residents and businesses can take their leftover paint.

Find a drop-off site for your paint.

What Paint Products are Accepted?

PaintCare "Program Products" include interior and exterior architectural coatings sold in containers of 5 gallons or less. We accept house paint and primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings (e.g., varnish), but we do not accept aerosols (spray cans), solvents, and products intended for industrial or non-architectural use. Please consult the following detailed list to find out what is accepted:

Large Volume Pick-Up Service or “LVP”

If you have large volumes of unwanted paint, PaintCare now offers a service that benefits both you and our volunteer drop-off sites - you don’t have to take your paint to a drop-off site a little at a time and they don’t get overwhelmed with large loads of paint. This free service is available to residents or businesses with at least 300 gallons of paint.

Use either of these forms to request a large volume pick up:

  • LVP Form: (Excel ) This version is a spreadsheet that calculates your totals. Send it in by email, or print it out and send by fax or regular mail.
  • LVP Form (PDF) This version is for you if you don’t have Excel software. Just print it out and send by fax or regular mail.


To fund this program, PaintCare Recovery Fees are applied to the purchase price of architectural paints and coatings sold in Connecticut. The fees are paid to PaintCare by paint manufacturers, then passed down to retailers and eventually consumers. When you buy paint in Connecticut, you will probably see a line item called “PaintCare Recovery Fee” on your receipt or invoice for each container. These fees are used to fund all aspects of the paint stewardship program, including collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach, and program administration:

Half pint or less   $ 0.00
More than half pint to 1 less than 1 gallon   $ 0.35
1 gallon   $ 0.75
More than 1 gallon to 5 gallons   $ 1.60


The following documents provide additional information about the PaintCare program:

  • Trade Painter Factsheet (What Trade Painters Need to Know). This factsheet explains the program with details of particular interest to painting contractors. It is also available in Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish (click language for PDF).

2. Retailers of Paint

Responsibilities of All Connecticut Retailers

The Connecticut Paint Stewardship Law requires retailers of paint to include the PaintCare Recovery Fee in the sale price of program products and only sell products registered with the program. (Retailers may also volunteer to become a drop-off site – see factsheet below). More details are provided here:

a. Add Assessment Fee: Manufacturers must include the PaintCare Recovery Fees to their wholesale price of each container of paint. Retailers must ensure these fees are passed down to the consumer.

b. Sell Registered Brands: Once the program begins, retailers must make sure they do not sell unregistered architectural paint brands. Retailers are able to check manufacturers and brands from lists which are posted here:

c. Volunteer to be a paint drop off site: To learn more, please watch our Retailer Drop-Off Site Video or read our factsheet listed below.

Printed Materials for All Retailers

Point-of-Sale (POS) Materials are available to retailers and facilities at no charge. All Connecticut paint retailers were mailed a starting packet of materials prior to the Connecticut program launch and may order additional quantities on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in jointly developing print based materials (“co-branding”) so that materials have both your logo and PaintCare’s logo, please contact PaintCare at

Downloadable Publications for Retailers

The following materials in PDF format are available for downloading:

  • Retailer Factsheet: How to Become a Drop-off Site Retailers may volunteer to be a paint drop-off site and accept paint from residents and certain businesses in their community. To learn more about what is involved in becoming a drop-off site, please read this factsheet. If you would like to be a drop-off site, please fill out and send us the Interest Form.


PaintCare held a number of retail-focused webinars before the program began to provide an overview of the program, review the responsibilities of retailers under the law, and provide retailers an opportunity to ask questions. Slides from the webinar are available here.


3. HHW Programs & Transfer Stations

Partnering with PaintCare

PaintCare welcomes partnerships with municipal agencies, especially those that operate household hazardous waste collection programs, landfills and transfer stations. PaintCare covers the cost of paint storage bins, paint transportation and recycling, and public outreach and education. There is no monetary compensation for operations or labor costs associated with serving as a drop-off site. To learn more, please see the following factsheets and interest forms.


4. Law and Oversight Agency

Connecticut’s PaintCare Program is a result of Public Act 11-24 passed in 2011 and signed by Governor Malloy. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is the agency overseeing implementation of the new law


5. Program Plan

PaintCare submitted a Program Plan to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on March 1, 2013. The Program Plan provides details on how postconsumer paint is to be collected, transported, recycled and processed at its end-of-life, as well as how public education and outreach will be used to promote proper purchasing, using up remaining paint, and properly recycling or disposing of unwanted paint. After receiving input from DEEP, the plan was revised and resubmitted on April 25 and approved on May 1.


6. Manufacturers of Paint and Coatings

Registering Your Company and Brands/Products

Manufacturers of architectural coatings fulfill their obligations of the Connecticut Paint Stewardship Law if they participate in the PaintCare Program. The PaintCare program is funded by a per-container assessment fee (“PaintCare Recovery Fee”) paid by architectural paint manufacturers to PaintCare based on their sales in Connecticut. The fees fund all aspects of the required program. The following documents provide additional information of interest to manufacturers about the Connecticut Paint Stewardship Law and the PaintCare Program:

Lists of Manufacturers and Brands

PaintCare maintains a list of registered manufacturers and brands. Brands not registered with the PaintCare program may not be sold in Connecticut. Retailers use these lists to verify that they are only selling registered architectural coatings. The State of Connecticut uses these lists to conduct compliance audits and enforcement.