The New York State Postconsumer Paint Collection Program began on May 1, 2022. The program is operated by PaintCare, a non-profit organization established by the paint industry to manage unwanted architectural coating products and provide for their recycling or proper disposal.
The program accepts leftover latex and oil-based paints and similar products at drop-off sites throughout the state. View a complete list of products accepted by PaintCare.
Paint Drop-Off SitesPaintCare will provide a collection network of over 300 drop-off sites across the state made up of paint retailers, local government facilities, and reuse stores. Find a paint drop-off site near you.
- Drop-off sites will accept up to 5 gallons per customer per visit, some sites may accept more.
- Paint should be in original containers with intact labels that identify the product.
The program is funded by a small fee – the PaintCare Fee – on the sale of all new paint in the state. The program will provide for continuous and convenient collection year-round and accept all program products regardless of when they were purchased. No longer will you have to plan to bring unwanted oil-based paints for collection at your local Household Hazardous Waste collection event or dry out unwanted latex paint for household trash pick-up!
Business or Bulk Paint CollectionBusinesses, organizations, and households with 100 gallons of paint or more to recycle can request a free pick-up at their location, though some restrictions may apply. Submit a request form through PaintCare’s website.
Additional program information can be found on DEC’s NYS Postconsumer Paint Collection Program webpage.