Hang on to those paint cans in your basement and garage just a little bit longer!
Soon, consumers will have more opportunities to recycle their unwanted waste paint. On December 16, 2019, the Governor signed the Postconsumer Paint Collection Program into law.
This legislation requires producers of architectural paint to implement a postconsumer paint collection and recycling program affording consumers convenient locations to recycle unused, unwanted waste paint. Architectural paint includes interior and exterior architectural coatings sold in containers of five gallons or less including latex and oil-based house paint and primers, stains, deck and concrete sealers, and clear finishes.
New York’s paint collection and recycling program is tentatively scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2021. PaintCare Inc., who represents paint producers, will be responsible for implementing the program and once implemented, consumers will have convenient drop-off locations to bring their waste architectural paint for reuse or recycling. Visit DEC’s website for more information on the status of the paint collection and recycling program and the proper management of waste paint.