Leftover paint is the most common item brought to household hazardous waste collections and often ends up in landfills instead of being recycled as paint or cement or being burned as fuel.
But the state’s paint “take-back” program, which starts Thursday, also means higher prices for paint and bookkeeping challenges for retailers. To pay for the program, the state is imposing fees on new paint — as much as $1.60 for a five-gallon can — that retailers will pass on to consumers.
Still, officials say the innovative program to be rolled out nationally will be good for the environment, and some customers are supportive, as well.
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