As of July 1, 2015, it is now easier than ever to recycle paint in Colorado, thanks to the new Colorado Paintcare® Program
. Residents and businesses can take unwanted and leftover paint to over one hundred participating paint retailers for recycling, and there is no charge to drop off paint at these participating PaintCare® sites
. To find the nearest drop-off site for your paint, use PaintCare’s online search tool at paintcare.org
or call the PaintCare® hotline at 855-724-6809.
PaintCare® sites accept all brands of old house paint, stain and varnish — even if they are 20 years old! Interior and exterior house paint, latex and oil-based paints, primers, stains, sealers, enamels, shellac s, varnishes, deck coatings are all accepted for recycling in the PaintCare® program. All paint must be in original containers with identifying labels and all containers must be five gallons or smaller (limit of five gallons of paint accepted per visit). All containers must have secure lids. Open or leaking cans of paint will not be accepted. Drop-off sites hours vary, so be sure to check when the drop-off site you are going to is open and available to accept paint for recycling
accepted in the PaintCare® program include aerosols (spray cans), solvents, paint thinners, auto paints, art and craft paints, caulk, glues, epoxies, asphalt, tar, roof patch, deck cleaners, colorants and other products intended for industrial or non-architectural use. Businesses and larger quantity generators that produce more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month will only be able to drop off latex paint.
The majority of the paint collected through the PaintCare® program will be recycled into new paint products. Other paint materials may be converted and used as a fuel, made into other products or disposed of properly. PaintCare® is funded by the “PaintCare Fee” which was added to the purchase price of paint sold in the Colorado starting July 1, 2015. When you buy paint, you will see a line item on your receipt or invoice for each container. Please note that this fee is not a deposit, and you will not get it back when you drop off paint at participating retailers. Instead, these fees are used to fund all aspects of the paint stewardship program. Fees will pay for paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach, program administration, and to manage old “legacy” paint — or the paint that has been accumulating in homes and businesses from before the program started.
To learn more about PaintCare and to find the nearest drop-off site
, visit paintcare.org
or call the PaintCare hotline at 855-724-6809.