Recycling your paint is easier than ever! There are now more than 150 PaintCare drop-off sites located throughout Colorado, with 25 drop-off sites in the Metro Denver area alone! Residents and businesses can take unwanted and leftover house paint to these sites for free. To find the nearest PaintCare drop-off site to you, visit paintcare.org or call 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, shellacs, varnishes, and deck coatings are all accepted for recycling in the PaintCare program. All paint must be in original containers with identifying labels, all containers must be five gallons or smaller, and all containers must have secure lids. Open or leaking cans of paint will not be accepted. When recycling larger volumes of paint, be sure to select one of the sites that can accept more than 5 gallons per visit. The hours of operation for each site vary, so be sure to confirm hours before your visit. Dropping off materials when a site is closed is considered illegal dumping.
Materials not 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 that generate more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month are only permitted to drop off latex paint.
Most 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 otherwise disposed of properly. PaintCare is funded by the “PaintCare Fee” which was added to the purchase price of paint sold in Colorado starting July 1, 2015. When you buy paint, you may 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 including paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach, program administration, and the management of old “legacy” paint that has been accumulating in homes and businesses prior to the start of the PaintCare program.