Drop-Off Sites

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It’s more convenient than ever to recycle paint in Rhode Island. Since the start of the Rhode Island paint stewardship program on June 1, 2014, PaintCare has set up 30 drop-off sites in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business.

man carrying leftover paint cans in a hardware storeA 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). PaintCare will also be working with the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation to continue accepting paints, stains, and varnishes at their Saturday Eco-Depot events. Eco-Depot will continue to be for residents only. 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.

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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.

Fees

There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare drop off site. PaintCare is funded by the “PaintCare 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 eventually to customers. When you buy paint, you will probably 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!

The fees are based on 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 up to 5 gallons

Program Brochure

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.

Professional painting contractors are one of the groups most affected by PaintCare. If you are a painting contractor, please review the information below to learn more about PaintCare, the fees, and paint recycling services available from PaintCare.

Fees and Funding

As required by state law, a paint stewardship assessment (“PaintCare Fee”) must be added by manufacturers to the wholesale price of all architectural paint sold in the state. This fee is paid by manufacturers to PaintCare to fund setting up drop-off sites for leftover, postconsumer paint, and for the transportation, recycling, and proper disposal of that paint. The fees also pay for consumer education and program administrative costs.

The fees are based on 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 up to 5 gallons
Important Note:

It is expected that contractors will pass the fees on to their customers in order to recoup the fees they pay on the product.

When estimating jobs, contractors should take these fees into account by checking with your suppliers to make sure the quotes for paint products include the fees. You should also let your customers know that you will be including these fees in your quotes.

Use of Retail Drop-Off Sites by Businesses

Retail drop-off sites provide a convenient and no cost recycling option for painting contractors and other businesses. Businesses that generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste* per month will be able to use these sites to recycle all program products (both water and oil-based) with some restrictions on quantities per month.

Larger businesses (those that generate more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month) may use the drop-off sites for their water-based program products only; they are not able to use the sites for oil-based paint or other solvent-based products.

*220 pounds is about 20-30 gallons of paint. When counting how much hazardous waste you generate in a month, oil-based paint counts (because by law it is a hazardous waste), but latex and other water-based paint does not count toward the 220 pound monthly total.

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.

Large Volume Pick-up Fact Sheet
Large Volume Pick-Up Service Fact Sheet
Find out how the service works and how to request a pick-up. Also available in Spanish
Large Volume Pick-up Form
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
Large Volume Pick-up Form
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

Download/Print

Information for painting contractors is available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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RI-Painting-Contractor-Fact-Sheet Portuguese
Portuguese
RI-Painting-Contractor-Fact-Sheet Spanish
Spanish

Responsibilities of All Retailers

The Rhode Island Paint Stewardship Law requires retailers of paint to include the PaintCare 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:

Add PaintCare Fee: Manufacturers must add the PaintCare Fee to their 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 up to 5 gallons

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. Rhode Island paint retailers were mailed a starting packet of program brochures and mini-cards prior to the start of the Rhode Island program. To order additional materials, please contact PaintCare by phone or send in a completed Order Form for Brochures and Other Printed Materials to info@paintcare.org.

The following materials are available:

  • General Poster for Retailers display in stores in the paint department or near the cash registers to help explain the PaintCare program and PaintCare Fee to customers.
  • Painting Contractors Factsheet 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.

Publications for Your Employees

Webinars

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.

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 contact Laura Honis at lhonis@paint.org. If you would like to be a drop-off site, please fill out and send us the Interest Form.

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Transfer Stations, Recycling Facilities, and Landfills

PaintCare welcomes partnerships with municipal agencies, especially those that operate transfer stations, recycling centers, and landfills. PaintCare covers the cost of paint storage bins, paint transportation and recycling, 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 sheet and interest form.

Joint Outreach Projects

Municipalities and HHW programs that have contracts with PaintCare may request partial funding for pre-approved joint outreach activities with PaintCare to promote PaintCare drop-off sites and events. Past projects have included newspaper advertising, direct mail, and radio campaigns. For details, please read the following fact sheet.

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Link to Our Website

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At the request of HHW programs and municipalities in PaintCare states, we developed suggested text and images on what to include when linking to PaintCare’s website.

Law

The Rhode Island program is a result of Senate Bill 2083A, Proper Management of Unused Paint, passed in 2012 and signed by Governor Lincoln Chafee.

State Agency

The state oversight agency for the Rhode Island program is the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is the agency overseeing implementation of the new law.

Program Plan

PaintCare’s program plan for Rhode Island was approved by the Rhode Island DEM on March 20, 2014. The original version (March 3) was revised and resubmitted on May 14. This plan describes the operations, outreach, and other activities of the Rhode Island Paint Stewardship Program: