It will soon be more convenient than ever to recycle paint in Maryland. Once the Maryland paint stewardship program officially starts, PaintCare will offer drop-off sites throughout the state where the public can take postconsumer (leftover) paint for recycling and proper disposal. These sites will be available to households, businesses, government agencies, and others with unwanted paint in Maryland.

Program Details

  • Paint stewardship program expected to launch in 2026
  • Manufacturers that sell paint in a PaintCare state are required to register their company and brands with PaintCare. Visit the Manufacturers page to learn more and register.

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.

Although the fee structure for Maryland has not yet been determined, it is expected to be similar to other states with a PaintCare program.
The PaintCare fee is based on container size and varies across the programs as follows:

$0.00

Half pint or smaller

$0.30-$0.65

Larger than half pint up to smaller than 1 gallon

$0.65-$1.35

1–2 gallons

$1.50-$2.45

Larger than 2 gallons up to 5 gallons