Drop-Off Sites

Paint-Only Drop-Off Events

PaintCare is planning the following special one day paint drop-off events. These events are open to households and businesses (painting contractors, property managers, etc.).

Saturday, June 20, 2015
South Windsor County
Details coming soon

>> Find a PaintCare drop-off location

It’s more convenient than ever to recycle paint in Vermont. Since the start of the Vermont paint stewardship program on May 1, 2014, PaintCare has set up 73 drop-off sites in Vermont 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 household and business in Vermont. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business.

woman carrying leftover paint cans in a hardware storeA few PaintCare drop-off sites are household hazardous waste programs — either facilities or “one-day events.” These programs are run by the local solid waste district, alliance, or town. In addition to accepting paint, these programs usually accept other non-paint hazardous wastes (e.g., pesticides, solvents). Most of these government programs limit participation to the households of certain cities or towns. Some of these government programs also allow businesses to make appointments during special hours. Businesses are usually charged fees for non-paint hazardous waste, and sometimes they are charged an administrative fee to schedule an appointment, but they are not charged for paint, on a per gallon basis, if the agency is a PaintCare partner.

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.

>> Find a PaintCare drop-off location

Products We Accept

PaintCare “Program Products” include interior and exterior architectural coatings sold in containers of 5 gallons or less. Paint must be in its original container, with a label. We cannot accept open or leaking cans. In general we accept all house paint and primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings (such as shellac and 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 can be accepted, prior to dropping off your paint: Program Products vs. Non-Program Products.


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 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 or more 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 households 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


Information for painting contractors is available for print or download.


Responsibilities of All Retailers

The Vermont 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.

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

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.

c. Provide information to consumers about the paint stewardship program and recycling opportunities in Vermont. PaintCare has developed the General Poster and Program Brochure to help retailers meet this requirement. See ordering information below.

Print Materials for Your Customers

Brochures and other printed materials are available to retailers and facilities at no charge. Vermont paint retailers were mailed a starting packet of program brochures and mini-cards prior to the Vermont program launch. To order additional quantities of the following materials, contact PaintCare by phone or send in a completed Order Form to info@paintcare.org.

The following materials are available:

  • General Poster for Retailers Dispaly in stores in the paint department or near the cash registers to help explain the PaintCare program and fees to customers.
  • Fact Sheet for Painting Contractors 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

  • Retailer Fact Sheet: This fact sheet was mailed to all paint retailers in Vermont in January 2014 to inform them of their responsibilities under the paint stewardship program.

Partnering with PaintCare to be a Drop-Off Site

Retailers may volunteer to be a paint drop-off site and accept paint from households and certain businesses in their community. To learn more about what is involved in becoming a drop-off site, please read the following fact sheet. If you would like to be a drop-off site, please fill out and send us the Interest Form.


Sign up for our Vermont Newsletter providing updates and tips about the program to retailers (emailed every 2-3 months).

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John Hurd
Vermont Program Manager
John Hurd
(802) 245-4821

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, 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 municipal-owned satellite locations to a main site.

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 fact sheet.

Household Hazardous Waste Programs

Transfer Stations, Recycling Facilities, and Landfills

Reuse Pricing

PaintCare encourages household hazardous waste programs, reuse stores and others to operate paint reuse programs (i.e., swap shops or exchanges). Reuse programs return good quality unused paint to the local community at low or no cost. Reuse is a preferred method of waste management.

To encourage reuse, PaintCare will compensate paint drop-off sites operating a reuse program under a contract with PaintCare. PaintCare allows two different reporting methods by container or by volume as described here.

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 Vermont program is a result of Act 58 passed in 2013.

State Agency

The state agency for the Vermont paint stewardship program is the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR)

Program Plan

PaintCare’s program plan for Vermont was approved by ANR on April 17, 2014. This plan describes the operations, outreach, and other activities of the Vermont Paint Stewardship Program:

Sales Tax

The Vermont Department of Taxes has provided an explanation of why the PaintCare Recovery Fee is subject to state sales tax in the following letter: