You can drop off your old or leftover residential paint for free at more than 400 recycling locations across Ontario. Recycling locations include some retail stores, as well as municipal depots, where you may already take many other recyclable household products. There are also over 300 municipal events per year where you can drop off paint for recycling. Upcoming events near you will be listed in our recycling locator.
Some recycling locations also offer free leftover paint to their communities through our PaintShare program. Use our recycling locator to find a PaintShare location near you.
When dropping off your paint remember:
- Paint must be in its original container, tightly sealed with the labels affixed.
- Do not mix different types of paint products together. Our recycling locations can’t accept paint which has been mixed with other products
- You can bring up to 10 containers of paint or 50 spray cans at a time (no larger than 25 litres for paint or 680g / 24oz for paint aerosols)
- At municipal paint recycling locations, residency restrictions and daily drop-off amounts may vary. Check your municipality’s website or contact your nearest recycling location for full details.
We accept all types of household paint, as well as empty paint containers in containers equal to or less than 25 litres.
- Interior and exterior paint: water-based (e.g. latex, acrylic) and oil-based (e.g. alkyd, enamel)
- Empty paint cans – metal or plastic (must have original label and lid)
- 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 repellents (including all tar based or bitumen based)
Aerosol paint of all types, including:
Not Accepted Products:
Some of these products are accepted by our household hazardous waste recycling program in Ontario. Visit the Ontario HHW page for full details.
- Paints or wood preservatives that are registered as a pesticide under the Pest Control Products Act
(has a PCP Registration number on label)
- Paint thinner, mineral spirits or solvents
- Industrial paints & finishes (e.g. baked-on, heat resistant)
- Automotive paint (non-aerosol)
- Two-part or component paints containing catalyst or activator
- Traffic or line marking paint (non-aerosol)
- Deck cleaners
- Colorants and tints
- Caulking compound, epoxies, glues or adhesives
- Stucco and spackling compounds
- Waxes and polishes
- Caulks and sealants
- Brushes, rags and rollers
- Craft and artistic paint (non-aerosol)
- Unidentifiable or unlabelled containers
- Improperly sealed paint containers
- Paint containers with poor integrity (e.g. badly rusted or leaking cans)
- Bulging containers
- Paint in glass containers
- Other household chemicals