It’s more convenient than ever to recycle paint in Connecticut. Since the start of the Connecticut paint stewardship program in July 2013, PaintCare has set up 150 drop-off sites in Connecticut 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 Connecticut. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business.
A number of PaintCare drop-off sites are transfer stations – these locations only accept paint from their own households. 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.