Effective May 1, 2022, the PaintCare Paint Stewardship Program Plan was put into effect for New York State. This program was approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on January 6, 2022. In states where PaintCare operates, households and businesses are encouraged to take their unwanted, leftover paint to a PaintCare drop-off site. Most locations are paint retailers, which are convenient locations open year-round, seven days a week. As the Paint Stewardship Organization, PaintCare.org will be establishing convenient collection sites within Cattaraugus County on behalf of the paint manufacturers. Customers will be able to drop off unused paint at these collection sites free of charge.
Starting May 1, 2022, all architectural paint and other covered products sold in New York State must include the Paint Stewardship fee. Retailers are encouraged to show the fee on the customer invoice. The fee structure is based on the container size:
- Half pint or smaller - $0.00
- Larger than half pint up to smaller than 1 gallon: $0.45
- 1 gallon up to 2 gallons: $0.95
- Larger than 2 gallons and up to 5 gallons: $1.95
For more information regarding the Paint Stewardship Program or to locate a drop-off location near you, please visit the PaintCare website at https://www.paintcare.org/states/new-york/.