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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

Law

The New York paint stewardship program is required by opens in a new windowthe Postconsumer Paint Collection Program Law, signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on December 16, 2019.

Program Plan

PaintCare’s plan for New York will be developed in the coming months 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 manufacturer 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.

Fees and Funding

PaintCare programs are funded by a stewardship 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, 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 postconsumer paint to everyone who buys paint. You may see a line item on your receipt or invoice for each container of paint you purchase.

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., 1-2 gallons) $0.75–$0.99
Larger sizes up to 5 gallons $1.60–$1.99

Manufacturers

Paint manufacturers that sell paint directly or indirectly in a PaintCare state are required by each state’s paint stewardship law to register their company and brands with PaintCare. Pre-registration is now available for New York. Visit our Manufacturers page to learn more and register.

Fact Sheets

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.

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Fees and Funding

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, 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 postconsumer paint to everyone who buys paint. You may see a line item on your receipt or invoice for each container of paint you purchase.

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 New York State 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., 1-2 gallons) $0.75–$0.99
Larger sizes up to 5 gallons $1.60–$1.99
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 Pickup (LVP) Service

If you have a large amount of unwanted paint, PaintCare offers door-to-door pick-up service that benefits contractors.

Once the program launches, this free service will be available to households or businesses with at least 200 gallons of paint.

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Information for painting contractors is available below.

Responsibilities of All Retailers

Postconsumer Paint Collection Program Law requires retailers of paint to include a stewardship fee (referred to as 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 paint drop-off site – see bottom of page for more information. More details about these requirements are provided here:

a. Pass PaintCare fee to consumers: 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, the fee is paid to PaintCare by paint manufacturers. This fee is then added to the wholesale and retail purchase price of paint, and retailers must pass these fees down to the consumer. Although fees for New York have not yet been determined (pending approval by the New York State 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., 1-2 gallons) $0.75–$0.99
Larger sizes up to 5 gallons $1.60–$1.99

b.Sell Registered brands: Once the program launches, retailers must make sure they do not sell unregistered architectural paint brands. PaintCare will post lists of registered manufacturers and brands on this page once it has submitted its program plan to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 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) PAINT09.

Publications for Your Customers

Printed materials are available to retailers and facilities at no charge. Once the program launches, additional materials will be available including brochures and counter mats.You will be able to order materials online, or place an order by calling PaintCare at (855) PAINT09 or by sending a completed form by email, fax, or regular mail.

The following materials will be available:

  • Program Brochure (“Recycle with PaintCare”)
  • Mini-Card (Find a paint drop-off site)
  • Fact Sheet: 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.
  • Fact Sheet: Large Volume Pick-Up Service.
  • General Poster for Retailers. Display in stores in the paint department or near the cash registers to help explain the program to customers.
  • Leftover Paint Receipt Form. Use this receipt if someone dropping off paint asks for one. (Some county and city inspectors ask contractors and other businesses to show receipts to demonstrate that they disposed or recycled of their paint in a proper way.)

Publications for Your Employees

Partnering with PaintCare to be a Drop-Off Site

Fact Sheet: How to Become a Drop-Off Site. Explains the responsibilities for paint retailers that volunteer to take back leftover paint from the public.

 

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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 above fact sheet. If you would like to be a drop-off site, please fill out our opens in a new windowOnline Retailer Interest Form.

Partner with PaintCare

PaintCare welcomes partnerships with municipal agencies, especially those that operate household hazardous waste (HHW) 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 (reuse program), and transportation from municipal-owned satellite locations to a main site. Read more about becoming a PaintCare drop-off location:

Watch our video about becoming a PaintCare drop-off location:

Joint Outreach Projects

Municipalities that have contracts with PaintCare may request partial funding for pre-approved joint outreach activities that 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.

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. For details, please read the following fact sheet:

Webinar - Information for Household Hazardous Waste Collection Programs and Service Providers

PaintCare recently held a webinar presenting how the New York PaintCare program will work for HHW programs. Click here to view the webinar.