Take Advantage of Latex Paint Drop Sites

 
Latex paint alone accounts for more than half of the material Denver residents recycle through the Hazardous Waste Collection Program.  A better option is for residents to take latex paint directly to local paint recyclers.  Each hazardous waste collection appointment costs the City & County of Denver about $95.  By taking advantage of local latex paint recycling resources, residents can eliminate the burden of storing leftover paint, and free up City program dollars to be better spent on recycling other types of hazardous waste.

Recycling and buying recycled latex paint locally is an easy way for Denver residents to support local businesses and help close the recycling loop.   Certain types of unused latex paint can be donated to local non-profits.  Other latex paint can be recycled by private companies such as Green Sheen Paint.  Recycled paint is reprocessed into new colors and often resold by the recycler at lower costs than new paint.  Before dropping off paint, residents should call ahead to find out acceptable criteria and paint recycling fees.

Local Paint Recyclers

Green Sheen Paint - Accepts latex paint that is in liquid form and in its original packaging. No oil based or any other chemical based paints. Standard charge is $0.30 per pound.
1281 W. Dartmouth Ave.
Englewood, CO 80110
303-514-3955
Mon. - Fri., 8 AM to 4:30 PM, No appointment necessary

Old Western Paint Co., Inc.Accepts latex paint for reprocessing. Paint should be in original containers with labels can cannot been frozen or contaminated (mold, etc.).  Standard change is $2 per gallon can along with a rebate of $2 per gallon can of the future purchase any paint from Old Western Paint.
2001 W. Barberry Pl.
Denver, CO 80204
303-825-5147
Mon.- Fri. from 9 AM  to 3 PM
Green Sheen Paint - Accepts latex paint that is in liquid form and in its original packaging. No oil based or any other chemical based paints. Fees apply.
31 E. Panama Dr., Unit I
Centennial, CO 80121
303-514-3955
Mon. - Fri., 8 AM to 4:30 PM, No appointment necessary


Old Western Paint Co., Inc. - Accepts paint for reprocessing. The paint cannot have been frozen, cannot be contaminated (mold, etc.), cannot be oil based or 2-components. Paint should be in original container with label. Charges $2.00/gallon and offers a rebate/credit of $2.00/gallon off any future purchase of any paint from Old Western Paint.
2001 W. Barberry Pl.
Denver , CO 80204
303-825-5147
Mon.- Fri. from 9 AM  to 3 PM 


Bud's Warehouse - Accepts all latex paint. If the paint is brand new, then they provide a donation receipt in return. If the paint is old, then they charge $2/gallon recycling drop-off fee. Call for drop-off hours.
4455 E 46th Ave.
Denver , CO 80216
303-296-3990

Call for drop-off hours.

Green Sheen Paint - Accepts latex paint that is in liquid form and in its original packaging. No oil based or any other chemical based paints. Fees apply.
31 E. Panama Dr., Unit I
Centennial, CO 80121
303-514-3955
Mon. - Fri., 8 AM to 4:30 PM, No appointment necessary


Old Western Paint Co., Inc. - Accepts paint for reprocessing. The paint cannot have been frozen, cannot be contaminated (mold, etc.), cannot be oil based or 2-components. Paint should be in original container with label. Charges $2.00/gallon and offers a rebate/credit of $2.00/gallon off any future purchase of any paint from Old Western Paint.
2001 W. Barberry Pl.
Denver , CO 80204
303-825-5147
Mon.- Fri. from 9 AM  to 3 PM 


Bud's Warehouse - Accepts all latex paint. If the paint is brand new, then they provide a donation receipt in return. If the paint is old, then they charge $2/gallon recycling drop-off fee. Call for drop-off hours.
4455 E 46th Ave.
Denver , CO 80216
303-296-3990

Call for drop-off hours.

Use “Paint Hardener” for Old Paint Disposal

Paint Hardener dry power product that can be added to old cans of paint making the paint hard and acceptable for disposal in the trash.  Paint Hardener, or sometimes called Waste Paint Hardener, is sold in most hardware and home improvement stores.

Reduce Paint Waste

Follow these tips to help reduce the need to dispose of leftover paint:
 
1. Buy just what you need.   Save money and reduce waste, by knowing how much paint you really need before going to the paint store. Painting projects require about one gallon of paint to cover 400 square feet of smooth surface.  
To determine how much paint you need for a project, just use a Paint Calculator.
 
2. Choose the RIGHT color before buying a quart of paint.  Buying quart after quart of paint in order to find the perfect shade of color wastes paint and money.  Determine if you’ve picked the right paint color a more economical way  by getting “wet paint samples” at one of the following Denver Metro Area locations:
        • Belcaro Paint & Decorating Center: 1 ½ ounce samples available for all paints sold. (5475 Leetsdale Dr., 303-757-5435)
        • Lowes: ½ pint samples available for all paints sold at some locations.  Call stores ahead to confirm availability.
        • Or, ask your local paint supply or hardware store if they provide wet samples” in vials or sizes smaller than a quart.


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