Waste Paint

A Note from CT Dept of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)

September 1, 2011

"We are trying to reach out to painting contractors in Connecticut. Please pass this onto others that will find this of interest and want to be part of the conversation.

If you haven’t heard, there is a new paint law in Connecticut. This law, which will be implemented in the next year provides great opportunities:

  • Pays for proper architectural paint disposal for municipalities
  • Gives architectural painting contractors more options for properly disposing of paint; including reuse and recycling options
  • Retail stores that sell paint can choose to participate and be part of this solution
  • Building material reuse centers (reuse retail stores) can choose to participate and be part of this solution

In Connecticut, like Oregon who implemented their program in 2010 and California working on their program now too, we will be working with Paint Care. PaintCare is a not-for-profit organization created by the American Coatings Association (ACA) to manage the reuse, recycling and proper disposal of unused paint.

PaintCare representatives will be visiting Connecticut in late October – tentatively October 25 & 26th.

We will set up a meeting time for contractors, contractor associations, retailers and retail associations to meet with representatives from PaintCare to hear about the new Connecticut law, how the program is working in Oregon and have an opportunity to give input on how the program could be effective and/or efficient in Connecticut.

Our goals in CT: reduce paint waste, reuse paint when possible, recycle as much paint as feasible, reducing costs associated with disposal for residents, businesses and municipalities.

CT Product Stewardship Council – provides some back ground on the concept of product stewardship.
Product Stewardship – Managing Leftover Paint (CT DEEP)

Some Links to PaintCare and how it’s working in Oregon:
• PaintCare http://www.paintcare.org/
• Oregon Pilot Program http://www.paintcare.org/oregon.php

Please let me know if you have interest in attending a meeting with PaintCare representatives to learn more about the law and be part of this effort as the program develops in Connecticut.

Thank you,


Sherill Baldwin
Source Reduction and Recycling
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Hartford, CT
860.424.3440 phone
860.424.4059 fax

Recycling Means Business!"

Check with your land use or environmental counsel for any updates to laws and regulations.

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