Accepted Paints, Pesticides and Flammables

Paint Products

Paints Products Accepted

  • Interior & Exterior: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, enamel, oil-based consumer paints
  • Deck coatings and floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Varnishes and urethanes (single component)
  • Concrete/masonry paints
  • Drywall paints
  • Primers (metal, wood)
  • Undercoats
  • Stucco paint
  • Marine paints (unless registered under Pest Control Product Act)
  • Wood finishing oils
  • Wood preservatives (unless registered under Pest Control Act)
  • Melamine, metal & anti-rust paints, stains, shellac
  • Swimming pool (single component)
  • Stain blocking paint
  • textured paints
  • block fillers
  • wood, masonry, driveway sealers or water repellents (non tar-based or bitumen based)
  • Already empty paint containers

Paint Aerosols Accepted

Paint aerosols of all types, including automotive, craft and industrial products

Paint Products Not Accepted

The following types of paint and paint related products are excluded from the program:

  • Unidentifiable or unlabelled containers
  • Paints  or wood preservatives that are registered as a pesticide under the pest control act (has P.C.P. Reg# on label) e.g. marine anti-fouling paint, should be treated as a pesticide
  • Craft paint (non-aerosol)
  • Automotive paint (non-aerosol)
  • Industrial paints & finishes (eg.baked-on, heat resistant etc.)
  • 2-part or component paints containing catalyst or activator
  • Roof patch or repair
  • Tars
  • Tar-based or bitumen based product
  • Traffic or line marking paint
  • Quick drying paint
  • Resins
  • Paint thinners, mineral spirits or solvents
  • Deck cleaners
  • Colorants and Tints
  • Caulking compound, epoxies, glues or adhesives
  • Brushes, rags and rollers
  • Improperly sealed paint containers
  • Paint containers with poor integrity (e.g. badly rusted cans) or leaking
  • Bulging containers

Container Limits

To ensure that depots are not overwhelmed, we ask that you observe the following voluntary limits of 10 containers (or 50 spray paint containers) per visit. Product Care currently accepts consumer paint in the following container sizes:

  • Paint up to 25 litres
  • Aerosol paint spray cans (660 grams or 24 oz.)

Flammables, Pesticides, and Gasoline

These products are accepted only by our "Paint Plus" Depots. Look at the BC depot list to find them.

Products Accepted

Consumer products only. No industrial or specialty products. See details below.

Flammable Liquids

Must have a flame symbol or phrase similar to "keep away from open spark or flame" on the label.


  • Liquids only
  • Paint thinners
  • Other solvents
  • Camp fuels
  • Liquid adhesives with flammable symbol
  • Other flammables or solvents that have the flame symbol or wording similar to "keep away from open spark or flame"

Maximum container size: Flammables 10 LitresProduct Stewardship

Pesticides (Domestic)

  • Consumer pesticides that have both the poisonous (skull & cross bones) symbol and Pest Control Product (PCP) number.

Maximum container size: Pesticides 10 Litres


Products Not Accepted

  • Products that cannot be identified (unknowns)
  • Products that are leaking or improperly sealed
  • Commercial, industrial or agricultural products
  • Cosmetics, health and beauty aids
  • Insect repellents, disinfectants and pet products
  • Diesel, propane, butane fuels
  • Fertilizer
  • Acids, cleaners, bleach, and other corrosive materials