Paint Disposal

U.S. residents and businesses purchase over 640 million gallons of paint each year, more than 64 million of which go unused.

Although paint is highly recoverable, reusable, and recyclable, most leftover latex paint is either dried and sent to landfills, poured down drains (presenting problems for local wastewater treatment systems), sent to hazardous waste haulers, or brought to local household hazardous waste (HHW) programs at high taxpayer/ratepayer expense. In fact, municipalities nationwide report that paint management consumes nearly 50 percent of their HHW budget. Inefficient paint management is a waste of materials, energy, and taxpayer dollars, and does not account for jobs that may be created by reuse and recycling. For all of these reasons, state and local government agencies have identified paint management as a top concern.

Why Reuse Paint?

Convenient paint reuse programs can reduce the environmental and financial costs of leftover paint and decrease waste while providing a valuable service to the community. Reuse is considered one of the most environmentally preferable waste management strategies, topped only by source reduction on the waste management hierarchy. Paint reuse programs provide a low-cost, local alternative to recycling, while establishing infrastructure that may be eligible for compensation under a future producer-funded paint stewardship program in the state.

Donate Your Paint to the ReStore!

We Accept Requirements
Oil-based Paint Yes Unopened; Color Identifier
Latex Paint Yes Unopened; Color Identifier
Spray Paint Yes Unopened; Color Identifier; Agitator Ball rattles freely
Stain Yes Unopened; Color Identifier

For more information on paint disposal programs in New York, click here.

This information was provided by the New York Product Stewardship Council (NYPSC) and the Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. (PSI).


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