DEEP: Paint Recycling Program benefits Retailers and Residents

2014 Press Release
 
November 12, 2014
 
Paint Recycling Program benefits Retailers and Residents
 
Launched in July of 2013, the PaintCare Program in Connecticut, the third program of its kind in the nation, has been a budding success. In the first year, PaintCare has already collected more than 240,000 gallons of leftover paint.
 
The program, managed by the non-profit PaintCare, was required by a state law and supported by the paint industry; it makes it much more convenient for residents, painting contractors and other businesses to recycle unused and leftover paint.
 
The program has a network of more than 130 new drop-off sites that take back old paint. Most drop-off sites are paint retailers that accept paint from the public during their regular business hours. Another 25 sites are town transfer stations, and a few are household hazardous waste programs that accept paint from their own residents.
 
“Connecticut’s paint recycling program had a very smooth start and achieved outstanding results in its first year, clearly demonstrating the great potential that exists for manufacturers to help divert their products from the waste stream and make recycling much more convenient.  We also have a well-designed program for electronic waste and will soon have one for old, unwanted mattresses. All of these new programs contribute to our overall effort to double the state’s recycling rate,” said Rob Klee, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

PaintCare Inc. was established by the American Coatings Association to implement Paint Stewardship Programs on behalf of the paint manufacturers in states that pass paint stewardship laws. PaintCare also runs programs in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. PaintCare is also planning programs in Maine and Colorado to begin in Summer 2015.
 
The program is funded by a nominal fee on new paint sales that began in July 2013: 35 cents for pints and quarts, 75 cents for one gallon cans and $1.60 for larger containers up to five gallons. The fee funds paint collection, transportation, recycling, retailer training, and promotion in Connecticut. Although all retailers must include the fee on their sales, participation as a drop off site is optional.
 
A welcome change for Connecticut residents and businesses is that they no longer need to dry out latex paint in order to dispose of it.  Prior to PaintCare most government programs in Connecticut advised residents to dry and dispose of latex paint. Latex paint it is not considered hazardous waste and is allowed in the trash once it is dry.
 
“Drying out paint takes time and can be messy. People prefer to get rid of paint without any hassle,” said Marjaneh Zarrehparvar, Executive Director of PaintCare.
 
In addition to Connecticut residents and paint professionals, participating paint retailers have overwhelmingly supported PaintCare over the first year of operation.
 
“Participating retailers see the program as an extension of service to their customers and community that some of them have wanted to offer for years. PaintCare makes it easy for retailers to participate by providing training, arranging for the paint to be picked up and recycled, and promoting the program to the public,” added Zarrehparvar.
 
For more information on PaintCare and to find a local drop-off site please visit www.paintcare.org.
 
About PaintCare
PaintCare is a non-profit organization established by the American Coatings Association to implement Paint Stewardship Programs on behalf of the paint manufacturers in states that pass paint stewardship laws. To learn more about PaintCare, please visit www.paintcare.org For press photos, visit www.paintcare.org/press-images.