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Statewide Paint Recycling Program Launches in CT

The CT DEEP together with Paintcare has instituted a Paint Stewadship program in Connecticut


Now latex paints (interior or exterior), deck stains, and other watrer-based paints can be recycled instead of discarded in the trash


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What Products are Covered?

Architectural paints ("Program Products") are defined as interior and exterior architectural coatings sold in containers of 5 gallons or less. However, they do not include aerosol products (spray cans), industrial maintenance (IM), original equipment manufacturer (OEM), or specialty coatings. Here are examples:


Program Products (Acceptable)

Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings)

 Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)

 Primers, sealers, undercoaters

 Stains

 Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component)

Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)

 Metal coatings, rust preventatives

 Field and lawn paints


Non-Program Products (Not Acceptable)



Paint thinners, mineral spirits, solvents

 Aerosol paints (spray cans)

 Auto and marine paints

Art and craft paints

 Caulking compounds, epoxies, glues, adhesives

 Paint additives, colorants, tints, resins

 Wood preservatives (containing pesticides)

 Roof patch and repair

 Tar and bitumen-based products

 2-component coatings

 Deck cleaners

 Traffic and road marking paints

 Industrial Maintenance (IM) coatings

 Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) (shop application) paints and finishes

Note: Leaking, unlabeled and empty containers are not accepted at drop-off sites.


Please call drop-off sites before you bring your paint to check the hours of operation and how much paint they can accept.