Paints and Related Products Now Accepted for Recycling

Westchester County’s Department of Environmental Facilities (DEF) is partnering with PaintCare to greatly expand the paint recycling program in Westchester County. Effective immediately, residents are able to drop-off a variety of paints to the County’s Household Material Recovery Facility (H-MRF) and/or Household Recycling Days (HRDs).


 County Executive George Latimer said, “Westchester is proud to be one of the first municipalities in New York State to partner with PaintCare for paint recycling under the new statewide Extended Producer Responsibility legislation. Our County Department of Environmental Facilities continues to seek out new and innovative strategies for diverting materials from our waste stream to benefit the environment.”


DEF Deputy Commissioner Louis Vetrone said, “We in the Department of Environmental Facilities are frequently asked by residents about safe paint disposal, and are excited to be offering another program expansion at the H-MRF and HRD events. Extended Produce Responsibility programs, such as PaintCare, provide funding and opportunities for residents to recycle materials and encourage the reduction of non-recyclable materials in new products.”


 Eligible paints must be in their original container, no larger than 5 gallons, have the manufacturer’s printed label on the container, and have a secured lid.  The following types of paint will now be accepted:  Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings);  Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric); Primers, sealers, undercoaters,  Stains, Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component); Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based);  Metal coatings, rust preventatives; Field and lawn paints.


To recycle paint, book a convenient appointment at the County’s Household-Material Recycling Facility (H-MRF), 15 Woods Road, Valhalla, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments can be made by visiting the website: or calling the Recycling HelpLine at (914) 813-5425.


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