Innovative Recycling Grant Competition

Developing New Uses for Leftover Latex Paint

PaintCare believes there are great ideas out there for developing recycling options for the fraction of latex paint which is not recycled today; however, more work is needed to advance these ideas towards commercialization. Therefore, we developed the PaintCare Innovative Recycling Grant Competition to identify and help develop the best ideas for recycling leftover latex paint. PaintCare will conduct three separate competitions using funding from the PaintCare programs in California, Colorado, and Connecticut. The winner, individual or entity, of each competition will be awarded a grant of up to $100,000 for an idea which is expected to return benefits to the state that contributed the funding.

Applicants are asked to complete a questionnaire and will be evaluated by a panel of judges on criteria including the background and expertise of the applicant and key employees, the value of the product, the value of the technology and production to utilize the fraction of paint not currently recycled, and the benefits to the funding PaintCare state.


On July 9, 2019 PaintCare announced the winners of its inaugural Innovative Recycling Grant Competition. Sacramento, CA-based Visions Recycling and Englewood, CO-based GreenSheen were awarded grants of $100,000 each to develop their ideas for recycling unused latex paint that is not currently used to manufacture new paint products.

Visions Recycling is a subsidiary of Visions Quality Coatings, dedicated to creating blends of recycled paint. Funds provided by PaintCare will be used to conduct testing, market analysis, and operations expansion to commercialize the production of pre-cast concrete products using unwanted latex paint.

GreenSheen will use grant support to formulate and test a new acrylic polymer admixture made of waste latex paint that will act as a partial replacement for mix water in the production of concrete.

PaintCare’s Innovative Recycling Grant Competition also included a third opportunity funded by its program in Connecticut. No qualified submissions were received for that state.

Competition Documents

Important Dates

Future grant deadlines will be posted here.

Applicant Q&A

In accordance with the grant program official rules, PaintCare will publish any questions received by grant applicants and our responses.

At this time no questions have been received. 

COVID-19: PaintCare Impacts & Resources


As a public health precaution due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the recommendation of the CDC posted March 16 to limit discretionary travel, PaintCare advises that households and businesses consider refraining from dropping off paint for recycling at PaintCare locations until all applicable local, state, and federal public health orders and guidance have been lifted. The current status of PaintCare collections services follows:


  • Many government-run household hazardous waste (HHW) programs are temporarily closing their year-round HHW facilities, postponing HHW drop-off events, or greatly reducing their hours. 
  • While most paint stores remain open, some have reduced their hours or are otherwise changing operations to minimize physical contact with customers. Many of these stores have asked us to temporarily remove them from the PaintCare site locator at
  • PaintCare has cancelled its own paint drop-off events through June and intends to reschedule them as soon as possible after government restrictions are lifted.
  • PaintCare’s pickup service for large volumes of paint (200+ gallons) is temporarily unavailable. Customers submitting requests will be contacted by PaintCare staff and informed about the service being temporarily unavailable and that PaintCare will notify them again when the service resumes.


If You Do Plan to Drop Off Paint for Recycling


If you do plan to take leftover paint to a drop-off location for recycling, take precautions: