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Old 04-26-2017, 08:33 AM   #41
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One of our stores participates in the PaintCare program. All stores selling paint must charge a "fee" for every gallon quart and five sold. We are a drop off location in our Milford store. It is a huge PIA. We collect the paint, the fee when purchased, and receive 20-30 gallons a day that get hauled into the paintcare bins. Most of the paint we receive is Behr. People love the program and usually don't mind the fee but many people abuse it by leaving coatings that are not approved by the paintcare program and then we are responsible for the disposal.
We had a painter in San Diego put over 300 gallons of old paint in our dumpster once. We had to pay to have it put in a disposal bin and taken away for disposal. Cost us over $3,000.00. Had a security video of the guys van and a clear shot of his license plate but the police said there was nothing they could do because there was no video of them actually putting it in the dumpster. Then i called the local EPA office. The cans had labels on them that had the painters company name and contact info on them. Since they were the last people to have legal possession of that paint, and had no proof that it had been sold to anyone else they got zinged pretty good. $10,000.00 fine for a first offense. And we got our $3,000.00 out of them too! All for a non-regulated waste that could have easily been disposed of legally if they had taken the time to do it.

Having a program were latex paint can be turned in for reuse or disposal is a great idea, but unfortunately people abuse it and the paint companies end up paying for it. All that does is drive prices up.
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Old 04-26-2017, 02:26 PM   #42
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We did have a program around here where the paint shops would take back unused paint. Then the company that was doing it decided that our small town wasn`t generating enough to make it worth their while coming our way. It ended. Now we`re stuck with two half days per year of `hazardous waste dropoff`during the busiest time for painters with lineups a mile long.
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