- Established in July 2013
- 152 year-round drop-off sites
- 3.1 million gallons collected
PaintCare offers drop-off sites throughout Connecticut where the public can take unwanted paint for recycling. These sites are available to households, businesses, government agencies, and others with leftover paint.
Drop Off Paint
Enter your zip code, city and state, or street address to find the nearest, most convenient paint drop-off site to you. All PaintCare sites accept up to 5 gallons per visit (some take more). Please call ahead to confirm business hours and ask if they can accept the type and amount of paint you would like to recycle. Sites do not accept aerosols (spray paint), leaking, unlabeled, or empty containers.
accepts up to 5 gallons
accepts up to 10-20 gal.
accepts up to 100 gal.
HHW Programs (accepts other items)
Also has Reuse Program
Visit our PaintCare Products page for
more information on accepted products.
Fee 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. There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare drop-off site. The PaintCare fee is not a tax or a deposit. The fee funds all aspects of the paint stewardship program. For more information on the fee, visit the PaintCare Fee Page.
The fee in Connecticut is based on container size as follows:
Half pint or smaller
Larger than half pint up to smaller than 1 gallon
1 gallon up to 2 gallons
Larger than 2 gallons up to 5 gallons
On January 1, 2022, the PaintCare fee categories in Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont were updated to include 2 gallon containers of covered products in the 1 gallon container category.