There are many kinds of paint and associated products

Why is it important to dispose of paint properly?

Most paints contain Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOC’s.  VOC’s are solvents that get released into the air as paint dries.  It’s what makes paint smell the way that it does and why a freshly painted room can make a person not feel well. 

Recycle your unused paint and prevent toxic chemicals from getting into the environment.

Follow these tips to handle paint responsibly: 

  • Buy recycled paint when possible or eco-friendly paints that specifically state that they have low or zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). 
  • Buy the right amount- estimate the square footage you will be painting and allow paint store staff to assist you in purchasing the right amount.
  • Make unused paint last by clearing the rim of paint and tightly closing the lid.  Store in a cool, dry location.
  • Recycle paint you are not going to use.   

Recycling Options

The American Coatings Association established PaintCare® (a non-profit organization responsible for implementing state-mandated paint stewardship programs on behalf of paint manufacturers). A “PaintCare Recovery Fee” is now included in the purchase price of products that will be accepted at PaintCare drop-off sites, as required by the California Paint Stewardship Law. Fees are based on container size.

  • Half pint or less  | No fee
  • More than a half pint to less than one (1) gallon  | $.035
  • One (1) gallon  | $.075
  • More than one (1) gallon up to five (5) gallons | $1.60

PaintCare sites accept:

  • house paint
  • primers
  • stains
  • sealers
  • clear coatings (e.g., shellac and varnish) 

They do not accept (Please take to a facility that accepts household hazardous waste):

  • aerosols (spray cans)
  • solvents
  • products intended for industrial or non-architectural use

+ Local weekend HHW Collection Events

+ PaintCare®-Partner Drop-Off Sites