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Contact: Marjaneh Zarrehparvar, President, (202) 360-8187

It will soon be more convenient than ever to recycle paint in New York. Once the New York paint stewardship program officially launches, PaintCare will offer drop-off sites throughout the state where the public can take unwanted paint for recycling. These sites will be available to households, businesses, government agencies, and others with leftover paint in New York. man carrying leftover paint cans in a hardware store


The New York paint stewardship program is required by Senate Bill S4351 and Assembly Bill A6373, signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on December 16, 2019.

Program Plan

PaintCare’s plan for New York will be developed over the next year and requires approval by the state’s oversight agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Once finalized, this plan will describe the program’s paint collection and management system, public outreach, program costs, the fee amounts assessed on new paint sales, and other proposed elements for the New York paint stewardship program. The program is expected to launch in 2021.

Products We Will Accept

Once the program launches, PaintCare sites in New York will accept the following at participating drop-off locations:
  • House paint and primers (latex or oil-based)
  • Stains
  • Deck and concrete sealers
  • Clear finishes (e.g., varnishes, shellac)
The architectural paint products we accept are referred to as “PaintCare Products” and must be in containers that are no larger than 5 gallons in size. PaintCare Products must be in their original container with original label and secure lid. PaintCare does not accept spray paint (aerosols) or anything in containers larger than 5 gallons. We cannot accept open or leaking cans. Please review our detailed list of PaintCare Products vs. Non-PaintCare Products.


PaintCare programs are funded by a fee (referred to as the PaintCare fee) which is applied to the purchase price of new paint sold in the state. Once the program launches, you may see a line item on your receipt or invoice for each container of paint you purchase. The fee is paid to PaintCare by paint manufacturers. This fee is then added to the wholesale and retail purchase price of paint, passing the cost of managing post-consumer paint to everyone who buys paint.

There will be no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare drop-off site.

The PaintCare fee is not a tax; it does not go to the state to operate the program. The PaintCare fee is also not a deposit; you don’t get it back when you drop off paint–a common misunderstanding.

Fees fund all aspects of the paint stewardship program. This includes paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach, and program administration, and to manage “legacy” paint, material that has been accumulating in homes and businesses from before the program started.

Although fees for New York have not yet been determined (pending approval by the Department of Environmental Conservation), they are expected to be similar to other states with a PaintCare program. The fees are based on container size and vary across the programs:

Container Size Fee
Small containers (e.g., pints & quarts) $0.35–$0.49
Mid-size containers (e.g., 1 gallon) $0.75–$0.99
Larger sizes up to 5 gallons $1.60–$1.99

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: