Free Paint Drop-off Event for Households & Businesses.Open to Rhode Island residents only.

Date & Time:

Saturday, May 1, 2021

8 a.m. - Noon


Cranston Veterans Memorial Ice Rink

900 Phenix Ave

Cranston, RI 02921

Registration Required:


Households may bring any amount of paint, stain, and varnish. Limits apply to businesses, see below.


Paint must be in sealed, original container with original manufacturer label. This event is for the following products only:

  • House paint and primers (latex or oil-based)
  • Stains
  • Deck and concrete sealers
  • Clear finishes (e.g., varnishes, shellac)


To use the PaintCare program for oil-based paint, a business must qualify as an exempt generator under federal and any analogous state hazardous waste generator rules. Please visit for more information on exempt generator rules. If your business does not qualify as an exempt generator, it will not be able to use the program for oil-based paint, but it can still use the program for latex products.


  • No leaking, unlabeled or empty containers
  • No aerosol spray paints
  • No drums or containers larger than 5 gallons
  • We cannot accept other hazardous waste or chemicals, such as paint thinner, solvents, motor oil, spackle, glue, adhesive, roofing tar, pesticides, cleaning chemicals


Prior to event you must:

  • Register for this event at Space is limited. If you are unable to register online, call (855) PAINT09.
  • Place all paint materials for drop-off in your vehicle’s trunk or the bed of your truck.
  • Not attend if anyone in your household is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

During the event, you must:

  • Remain in your vehicle.
  • Unlock your vehicle’s trunk to allow event staff to remove the paint materials.
Participants are requested to wear masks and limit occupants in the vehicle to only members of the same household or living unit.

  • Recycle with PaintCare

Paint manufacturers created PaintCare to provide convenient places to recycle leftover paint, such as paint retail stores and paint drop-off events. To learn more or find a year-round PaintCare drop-off site near you, visit our drop-off locator tool or call (855) PAINT09.