A new law would require paint manufacturers in Washington state to set up a way for residents to return unused paint.

House Bill 1579 would help many homeowners find a better way to handle leftover paint than letting it pile up in the garage or in a landfill.

Sponsors said manufacturers can set up ways to recycle the paint into new paint or other products and must come up with a plan to establish drop off locations for paint buyers.

One plan would be to set up the drop offs in stores than sell paint.

The state produces an estimated 1.4 million gallons of leftover paint each year. Supporters of the bill say it's time to put a lid on that problem.

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