Have you heard of a program called Paintcare?
Now you can get rid of all that paint that you no longer want or need and do so environmentally. This will also reduce the tonnage of the compacter at the transfer station thus saving the town money and help reduce your taxes.
Have you purchased paint in the last few years? If so, you are helping to pay for this program. A fee is added to each can of paint you purchase: 35 cents for less than a gallon, 75 cents for a gallon. This fee is NOT refundable but is used to support the program.
The purpose of the program is to conserve resources, reduce waste and to recycle as much paint as possible. To date 9 states are participating in the program.
Paint is collected and sent to a facility that processes it so it can be reused. Latex, acrylic, oil based paints, primers, stains, metal coating paints plus others are accepted. Cans have to have labels on them and cans cannot be rusty, leaking or paint dried out. It does not matter how old, moldy or dirty the paint is.
To check what is accepted, go to this web site:
All you have to do is take the paint to a drop off site. Please check with the site for drop off times and hours or days as sometimes their bins are filled waiting for pickup of paint ready to be recycled. Sites available in this immediate area are:
Sherwin Williams Auburn 753-7373
Sherwin Williams Lewiston 784-2939
Environmental Projects Inc. 664 N. Washington ST Auburn
8-1pm M-F 786-7390
Environmental Resource Comm. of New Gloucester