PaintCare is a non-profit organization that operates paint stewardship sites across the state of Vermont for free drop-off of leftover paints, stains, and shellacs. View paint collection locations.

Paint must be in containers that are no larger than 5 gallons in size. Paint must be in its original container and the container must have a label and a secured lid. They cannot accept open or leaking cans. Please review their detailed list to find out what can be accepted, prior to dropping off your paint.

View qualifying PaintCare products View PaintCare drop-off locations

PaintCare & CSWD

The CSWD Environmental Depot is a PaintCare collection site & approved processor. The Depot accepts leftover PaintCare products from any resident or business—whether from our district or not.

For Chittenden County residents, the Depot also accepts other paints and non-PaintCare products at no charge as part of the District’s hazardous waste program. Fees apply to all businesses, as well as out-of-district residents.

Vermont Law

In 2013, the Vermont State Legislature passed a law requiring paint manufacturers to develop a sustainable program to manage leftover architectural paint. Vermont is the fourth state to implement a product stewardship program for paint.

The Vermont program includes:

  • educating the consumer about buying the right amount of paint
  • offering tips for using up remaining paint
  • accepting architectural paints, stains and shellac (see sidebar at right for complete list) at convenient locations throughout the state

The cost of the program is now built into the price of paint purchased in Vermont.

More information about the Vermont program may be found on the PaintCare web site.