Drop-Off Sites

Find a PaintCare drop-off location

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 25 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.

Find a PaintCare drop-off location

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 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 Form Large Volume Pick-up Form
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 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! 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

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.

Fact Sheet for Trade Painters

CT Trade Painter Fact Sheet Professional painting contractors are one of the groups most affected by PaintCare. If you are a painting contractor, please review this factsheet to learn more about PaintCare, the fees, and paint recycling services available from PaintCare.

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:

a. Add Assessment 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 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. 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.
  • Trade Painter Factsheet: What Trade Painters Need to Know 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


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.

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 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 factsheet.

Household Hazardous Waste Programs

Transfer Stations, Recycling Facilities, and Landfills

Link to Our Website

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


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: