A new best practices guide for paint reuse was released today to help New York state officials address the multi-million-dollar environmental challenge of managing waste paint safely and cost-effectively. Although targeted at New York State, the information in the guide is readily transferable to other states.
State residents are beset annually with as much as 3 million gallons of leftover paint and need a place to turn for environmentally sound ways to get rid of it. Most leftover paint generated each year in New York ends up stored in homeowners’ garages, flushed down drains, thrown in the trash, or becomes a financial burden to local governments when managed as part of household hazardous waste programs.
The new guide, produced by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) for the New York Product Stewardship Council (NYPSC), provides information on how governments can establish more efficient and convenient local paint reuse programs. These efforts help prevent leftover paint from being improperly disposed of and reduce recycling costs usually borne by local governments and taxpayers — estimated to be as high as $24 million annually.