A new program aiming to simplify paint recycling for New York State residents started in May.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation launched the New York State Postconsumer Paint Collection Program last month. To aid households and businesses in safely disposing of leftover paint. The DEC will oversee the program, which will be operated by PaintCare, to manage unwanted architectural coating products and provide for recycling or proper disposal.
The program will accept leftover latex and oil-based paints and similar products at drop-off sites throughout New York. There are more than 300 drop-off sites, and a list of places can be found online at www.paintcare.org/states/new-york/#/new-program-in-2021.
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. Some local drop-offs include Arthur’s True Value Hardware in Orchard Park and Sherwin-Williams in Depew.
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.
Sites are open and available year-round, so consumers do not need to rush to drop off their containers. New PaintCare drop-off sites may receive a large volume of paint in the first few weeks of the program’s operation. In the meantime, find tips for using up and storing paint to preserve its quality on PaintCare’s website.
Additional program information can be found on DEC’s Postconsumer Paint Collection Program webpage.