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Colorado: Show Us How You Use It Up and Win

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It’s been a successful year of paint recycling in Colorado and we want YOU to help us celebrate!

That’s right. PaintCare, the nonprofit stewardship organization that runs Colorado’s paint recycling program, is looking to celebrate with the residents of Colorado by awarding $300 worth of Visa Gift Cards as prizes.

While recycling your leftover, unwanted house paint is an important thing to do, another way to minimize the environmental impact of leftover paint is by making sure every last drop gets used. That’s why we want to see how Coloradans use it up!

Show us what you got, Colorado! We’re inviting people to share photos of their recent or past DIY projects that use up old, leftover house paint. Get creative, and help inspire others to use up their leftovers. Visit our Facebook page and submit your projects today!

The contest is running for a limited time – through August 3rd – so be sure to get your submission in by then!

We will be picking one winner who will receive the grand prize of a $100 Visa Gift Card. We will also award four “runners-up” with $50 Visa Gift Cards.

For more information, first visit and “Like” PaintCare’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PaintCareOrg/. To participate in the contest, visit the Facebook contest page between July 25 and August 3, 2016 at https://contest.fbapp.io/use-it-up to upload and enter your photo for a chance to win the grand prize.

About PaintCare Colorado

PaintCare’s Colorado program has established more than 145 drop-off locations across the state where households and businesses can recycle unwanted house paint, stain and varnish without charge. Most PaintCare drop-off locations are at paint and hardware stores. To find the nearest location near you and to learn more about what products are accepted, visit paintcare.org/Colorado.

All brands of unwanted house paint, stain and varnish can be dropped off at PaintCare sites, no matter how old they may be. All costs for the PaintCare program are covered by a nominal fee added to the price of new house paint, stain and varnish sold in Colorado since July 1, 2015. The fees vary by container: 35 cents for a pint or quart, 75 cents for a gallon, and $1.60 for larger containers up to five gallons.

In the first six months of the Colorado program (July through December 2015), PaintCare collected more than 290,000 gallons of paint. Collected paint is remixed into recycled-content paint, used as fuel, made into other products or, in the case of some unrecyclable paint, disposed of properly.

The PaintCare program was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2014. The program is overseen by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Seven other states also have similar paint stewardship programs operated by PaintCare: California, Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. PaintCare is also planning a program for the District of Columbia.