PaintCare is a product stewardship program that provides convenient locations to recycle unwanted paint. The industry-led program reports annually to the Washington State Department of Ecology. A small fee, called the PaintCare fee, is applied to all sales of eligible products in Washington, which funds all aspects of the program. Learn more about the PaintCare Program at paintcare.org/WA.
It isn't always easy to guess how much paint you'll need for a project. Start by asking the right questions to help you estimate your needs. If you buy too much, store it properly to use for future projects.
Make sure you're storing paint for touch-ups or future projects correctly by following these tips to keep your paint in good condition so someone else can reuse or recycle it.
Use It Up
Get creative and find ways to use up leftover paint. Use extra paint as a primer for other projects, on an accent wall, to update the inside of a bookshelf or lamp, or on a weekend project like a DIY birdhouse.
Give It Away
Still have paint leftover? Check with friends, relatives, community groups, or local artists to see who might be able to use it.