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In British Columbia, there are more than 200 recycling locations where you can drop off your leftover paint for free.

At 100 of these locations, you can also drop off flammable liquids and pesticides through British Columbia’s household hazardous waste (HHW) recycling program. Be sure to use our recycling locator to determine which locations accept HHW, as not all do.

When dropping off your paint remember:

  • Do not mix different types of paint products together. Our recycling locations can’t accept paint which has been mixed with other products
  • Paint must be in its original container, with the labels intact, and tightly sealed

Household Paint

  • Interior and exterior: water-based (e.g. latex, acrylic) and oil-based (e.g. alkyd, enamel) consumer paint
  • Deck and floor coating (including elastomeric)
  • Varnish and urethane (single-component)
  • Concrete and masonry paint
  • Drywall paint
  • Undercoats and primers (e.g. metal, wood etc.)
  • Stucco paint
  • Marine paint (unless registered under Pest Control Products Act)
  • Wood finishing oil
  • Melamine, metal and anti-rust paint, stain and shellac
  • Swimming pool paint (single-component)
  • Stain blocking paint
  • Textured paint
  • Block filler
  • Wood preservatives (unless registered under Pest Control Act)
  • Wood, masonry, driveway sealer or water repellent (non-tar based or bitumen based)
  • Already empty paint containers

Aerosol Paint

Aerosol paint of all types, including:

  • Automotive
  • Craft
  • Industrial

The following types of paint and paint related products are excluded from the program, including the empty containers.

  • Unidentifiable or unlabelled containers
  • Brushes, rags and rollers
  • Paint in glass containers
  • Improperly sealed paint containers
  • Paint containers with poor integrity (e.g. badly rusted or leaking cans)
  • Bulging containers
  • Industrial paints & finishes (e.g. baked-on, heat resistant etc.)
  • Paints or wood preservatives that are registered as a pesticide under the Pest Control Products Act
    (has a P.C.P. Registration number on label)
  • Craft paint (non-aerosol)
  • Automotive paint (non-aerosol)
  • Two-part or component paints containing catalyst or activator
  • Roof patch or repair
  • Tar or tar/bitumen-based products
  • Traffic or line marking paint (non-aerosol)
  • Resins
  • Paint thinner, mineral spirits or solvents
  • Deck cleaners
  • Colorants and Tints
  • Caulking compound, epoxies, glues or adhesives
  • Other household chemicals