Got Leftover Paint?
The problem of how to properly dispose of your old, unwanted household paint just got a lot easier. As of July 1, a new program has begun to collect and recycle unwanted latex and oil-based paint. This program is the result of a law passed in 2011 requiring paint manufacturers to manage unwanted paint.
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The Department of Energy and Environmental protection (DEEP) estimates there are more than 5 million containers of unwanted paint from homeowners in Connecticut waiting to be disposed of properly. Under this new program, unwanted paint will be collected and the latex will be recycled if it is possible. The oil-based paint will be burned for energy recovery.
For more information, visit DEEP’s paint recycling webpage — www.ct.gov/recycle.