DEC starts new recycling program for leftover paint

Posted 10 May 2022 at 1:35 pm

Press Release, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Photo by Tom Rivers: There are 300 locations around the state where leftover paint can be safely dropped off.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that the New York State Postconsumer Paint Collection Program is underway, making it easier for households and businesses to safely dispose of leftover paint.

DEC will oversee the program, which will be operated by PaintCare to manage unwanted architectural coating products and provide for recycling or proper disposal.

“Paint products can harm the environment if not managed properly,” Commissioner Seggos said. “New York State’s Paint Stewardship Program will simplify the process for those looking to dispose of paint by providing a collection network of paint retailers, local government facilities, and reuse stores at more than 300 drop-off sites across the state.”

Editor’s Note: The closest disposal sites in Orleans County are the Sherwin-Williams stores in Brockport at the Brockport Corners Mall, 4756 Lake Rd. and in Batavia at 16 Liberty St.

Used paint is difficult to manage, with few available options for reuse or recycling. The program will accept leftover latex and oil-based paints and similar products at drop-off sites throughout New York.

More information about DEC’s program can be found on DEC’s Postconsumer Paint Collection Program webpage and a complete list of products accepted can be found on PaintCare’s website.

Funded by a consumer PaintCare Fee on the sale of all new paint in New York, the program will provide for continuous and convenient collection year-round and accept all program-approved products, regardless of the date of purchase.

Drop-off sites will accept up to five gallons per customer per visit, with some sites choosing to accept more. Dropped-off paint should be in the original containers with intact labels that identify the product. Businesses, organizations, and households with 100 gallons of paint or more to recycle will be able to request a free pick-up at their location, though some restrictions may apply. More information and a request form can be found on PaintCare’s website.

New Yorkers are asked to call PaintCare sites before dropping off paint to ensure they are open and can accept the types and amounts of paint for recycling. New PaintCare drop-off sites may receive a large volume of paint in the first few weeks of the program’s operation. Sites are open and available year-round, so consumers do not need to rush to drop off their containers. In the meantime, find tips for using up and storing paint to preserve its quality on PaintCare’s website.