Since Sept 1, 2012, consumers of residential-use paint can drop off these products at collection sites located throughout Prince Edward Island (PEI), at no charge. This program ensures that paint in the province can be recycled at the end of its life.
This industry-led stewardship program is operated by ReGeneration on behalf of paint manufacturers and retailers in PEI in response to the provincial Materials Recycling Regulation. The program shifts the cost and burden of managing leftover paint from local municipalities to industry.
When you want to spruce up your surroundings, nothing brightens up a room like a fresh coat of paint. Paint covers, protects and beautifies surfaces, and, when used properly, has little impact on the environment. However, not every can of paint gets used up, and, if improperly disposed of, leftover paint can threaten our landfills, sewers and streams.
When beginning a painting project, remember the BUD Rule:
Ask your paint retailer to help you estimate how much paint your project will require. Not only will this save you money, but it will reduce the likelihood of having leftover paint at the end of your project.
To properly store paint, clean the rim of the can to ensure a proper seal. Pour 1/8″ (3mm) of solvent on top of oil-based paint, or 1/8″ (3mm) of water on top of latex paint to seal the surface then secure the lid.
Remember that the most cost-effective and energy efficient use for leftover paint is reuse.
If you can’t reuse your leftover paint, you probably know someone who can. Offer leftovers to a friend, neighbour, or your local community centre, church, or theatre group.
If you must dispose of unwanted leftover paint, be sure to do so in an environmentally safe manner. PaintRecycle partners with retailers and municipalities across the province to take back leftover household paint, varnish, shellacs and stains free of charge.