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Recycling Paint is Now Easy and Free with the Launch of Colorado’s New PaintCare Program


Starting July 1, 2015, it will be more convenient than ever to recycle paint in Colorado. Residents and businesses in Colorado will be able to take unwanted, leftover paint for recycling to participating paint retailers (paint, hardware, and home improvement stores) that have volunteered to take back paint. There will be no charge for dropping off paint at any PaintCare drop-off site.

To find the nearest drop-off site, use PaintCare’s online search tool at or call the PaintCare hotline at 1-855-724-6809.

For information on what materials are accepted in the PaintCare program and policies on bringing in your paint to a drop-off site, visit or download the copy of the Colorado PaintCare Program brochure.



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.