Spring cleaning for old paint cans - drop 'em off for recycling!

by Rachel Maisler

PaintCare is back this spring with a unique cleaning event – an opportunity to drop off old paint cans free-of-charge at the Anacostia Recreation Center on Saturday, April 8. Regulations prevent homeowners and contractors from disposing of the paint via regular trash collection. But, thanks to DC’s Paint Stewardship Law, getting rid of that old paint just easy.     

According to PaintCare, approximately 650 million gallons of paint are sold in the U.S. The District and PaintCare have teamed up with the District to collect old paint and turn it into recycled paint, fuel and other products, or ensure it’s properly disposed.

Downloadable PDF

Downloadable PDF

In DC, residents can drop off their old paint at Anacostia Recreation Center Parking Lot (pdf) on April 8, from 9 am until 1 pm. Proof of residency is required. The organization will be collecting house paint and primers (latex or oil-based), stains, deck and concrete sealers, and clear finishes (like varnishes or shellac).

Note: For businesses, according to the PaintCare website, if you generate less than 220 pounds (about 20-30 gallons) of hazardous waste per month may bring any amount of latex or oil-based paint. Businesses that generate more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month may bring any amount of latex paint, but oil-based paint will not be accepted. (Note: Leaking, unlabeled and empty containers cannot be accepted at drop-off sites). 

Too soon to part with your color palate? No worries. PaintCare is setting up drop-off sites throughout the city. Check their website or call (855) 724-6809 to find a site. 

Learn more about paint drop-off and DC’s stewardship program.

Rachel Maisler

Rachel joined Petworth News first as the editor for the Community Calendar, and then against her better judgement, agreed to become a contributing writer to the blog in August 2016.

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