Paint Recycling Program

The State of Colorado has mandated that the Paint Care recycling program, already in effect in seven other states and the District of Columbia, be implemented statewide, starting on July 1, 2015.  

We think this is a great idea!  Now unused paints, stains and varnishes can be recycled into new products--and never end up in a landfill, where they pollute air and water and animal habitats.  This program is an excellent example of cradle-to-cradle design, where the waste that's generated from one product is recycled into the ingredients of another, avoiding the waste inherent in the odds and ends of things that aren't fully consumed during their useful life.    

The Paint Care program is funded by a very nominal fee that consumers pay at the time they purchase paints, stains and varnishes, which supports the benefits it provides.  Then, when they're ready, homeowners and contractors can recycle these items at one of more than 150 drop-off sites around the state. The only flaw we see in the program is that Home Depot, the largest reseller of paint in the country, is not participating by designating any of their stores as drop-off sites.  Boo!

We encourage you to take a look at the program details below, then take your leftover finishes to a collection center near you.  Your unused paints, stains and varnishes can now be repurposed in an environmentally responsible manner that benefits us all.

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