For People with Paint
It’s more convenient than ever to recycle paint in Connecticut. Since the start of the Connecticut paint stewardship program on July 1, 2013, PaintCare has set up 128 drop-off sites in Connecticut where the public can take unwanted, leftover paint for recycling. Most of these sites are at paint retailers (paint and hardware stores) that have volunteered to take back paint, and they are available to any resident and business in Connecticut. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business.
A number of PaintCare drop-off sites are transfer stations – these locations only accept paint from their own residents.
A few restrictions apply: there are limits on how much paint can be dropped off per visit. Also, note that certain businesses — those that produce more than 220 pounds (about 20-30 gallons) of hazardous waste per month — can only drop off latex paint (they may not drop off oil-based paint).
When you decide it’s time to recycle your paint, please call your site ahead of time to confirm their hours and to make sure they have space to accept the amount of paint you would like to recycle.
Products We Accept
PaintCare sites accept house paint and primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings (e.g., shellac and varnish), but we do not accept aerosols (spray cans), solvents, and products intended for industrial or non-architectural use. The products we accept are referred to as “Program Products” or “architectural paint,” and they must be in containers that are no larger than 5 gallons in size.
Paint must be in its original container and the container must have a label and a secured lid. We cannot accept open or leaking cans. Please review the following detailed list to find out what can be accepted, prior to dropping off your paint.
Large Volume Pick-Up (LVP) Service
If you have a large amount of unwanted paint, PaintCare 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 volumes of paint. This free service is only available to residents or businesses with at least 300 gallons of paint. To learn more, please review the following fact sheet. Then call PaintCare to request an appointment.
Factsheet: Large Volume Pick-Up Service
Find out how the service works and how to request a pick-up. Also available in Spanish.
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. Also available in Spanish.
LVP Form (PDF)
This version can be used if you don’t have Excel software. Just print it out and send by fax or regular mail. Also available in Spanish.
There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare drop-off site. PaintCare is funded by the “PaintCare Recovery Fee” which is added to the purchase price of paint sold in the state. These fees are paid to PaintCare by paint manufacturers, then passed down to retailers and to their customers. When you buy paint, you may see a line item on your receipt or invoice for each container. The fee is not a deposit — you don’t get it back when you drop off paint — a common misunderstanding.
These fees are used to fund all aspects of the paint stewardship program. Fees pay for paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach, and program administration, and to manage old “legacy” paint – the paint that has been accumulating in homes and businesses from before the program started. PaintCare sites accept old paint, even if it is 30 years old!
Fees are by container size as follows:
|$ 0.00||Half pint or smaller|
|$ 0.35||Larger than half pint to smaller than 1 gallon|
|$ 0.75||1 gallon|
|$ 1.60||Larger than 1 gallon to 5 gallons|
PaintCare’s program brochure is intended for the general public. To request free paper copies of this brochure for you or others, please contact us at 855-PAINT09. In addition to paint stores, real estate agents, property managers, and painting contractors, others are welcome to order brochures and distribute them to their customers.
Fact Sheet for Trade Painters
Professional painting contractors are one of the groups most affected by PaintCare. If you are a painting contractor, please review this fact sheet to learn more about PaintCare, the fees, and paint recycling services available from PaintCare.
For Paint Retailers
Responsibilities of All 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 fact sheet below). More details are provided here:
a. Add Assessment Fee: Manufacturers must add the PaintCare Recovery Fees to the wholesale price of each container of paint. Retailers must ensure these fees are passed down to the consumer.
Fees are by container size as follows:
$ 0.00 Half pint or smaller $ 0.35 Larger than half pint to smaller than 1 gallon $ 0.75 1 gallon $ 1.60 Larger than 1 gallon to 5 gallons
b. Sell Registered Brands: Retailers must make sure they do not sell unregistered architectural paint brands. Retailers can verify the registration of manufacturers and brands using the following lists which are updated regularly. If you are a retailer and do not see a manufacturer or brand of paint sold in your store on these lists, please contact PaintCare at (855) 726-6809.
Publications for Your Customers
Brochures and other printed materials are available to retailers and facilities at no charge. Connecticut paint retailers were mailed a starting packet of program brochures and mini-cards prior to the Connecticut program launch. To order additional quantities, please contact PaintCare by phone or send in a completed Order Form for brochures and other printed materials to email@example.com.
The following materials are available:
- Factsheet for Trade Painters This fact sheet was developed at the request of retailers to help explain the program to their customers who are painting contractors. Some retailers have found it useful to send this to regular customers with monthly statements. Also available in Spanish, Polish, and Portuguese.
- General Poster for Retailers This poster is intended for use in stores in the paint department or near the cash registers to help explain the program to customers. Also available in Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.
Publication for Your Employees
- Retailer Factsheet: General Info for Paint Retailers This fact sheet was mailed to all paint retailers in Connecticut in January 2013 to inform them of their responsibilities under the paint stewardship program.
- Retailer Factsheet: Assessment Fees Answers to common questions from retailers about fees.
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 webinars are available here.
Be 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 the following factsheet. If you would like to be a drop-off site, please fill out and send us the Interest Form.
- Retailer Factsheet: How to Become a Drop-Off Site
- Retailer Drop-Off Site Interest Form (Word) Also available as PDF.
- Watch our Retailer Drop-Off Site Video to learn more.
Signup for our Connecticut Newsletter (emailed every two months).
Partner 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 fact sheets and interest forms.
For municipal agencies that wish to offer services to PaintCare in addition to serving as a drop-off site, monetary compensation may be negotiated. These services include reprocessing paint at your site, bulking paint in situations where storage space is limited, offering usable paint in original containers to the public (“Waste Exchange”), and transportation from your own satellite sites to a main site.
Household Hazardous Waste Programs
Transfer Stations, Recycling Facilities, and Landfills
The Connecticut program is established by Public Act 11-24 passed in 2011 and signed by Governor Malloy.
The state oversight agency for the Connecticut program is the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
PaintCare’s program plan for Connecticut was approved by DEEP on May 1, 2013. The original version (March 2013) was revised and resubmitted in April 2013. This plan describes the operations, outreach, and other activities of the Connecticut Paint Stewardship Program:
- PaintCare’s Connecticut Paint Stewardship Program Plan (April 25, 2013)