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Paint Disposal
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A law passed in June 2014 requires paint manufacturers to establish a Paint Stewardship Program in Colorado. Program funding comes from a fee on architectural paint starting July 1, 2015. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will oversee the program, created by Senate Bill 14-029.

This program makes it easier for consumers to responsibly recycle paint. There are over 100 drop-off sites throughout Colorado—mostly paint, hardware, and home improvement stores. The drop-off sites accept paint whenever they are open for business.


PaintCare Inc. is a non-profit organization established by the American Coatings Association to implement state-mandated paint stewardship programs on behalf of paint manufacturers in Colorado and other states that adopted paint stewardship laws. The Colorado program is required by state law, but it is designed and operated by the paint manufacturing industry through PaintCare. Source: Paintcare website
What if the leftover paint in the can is dried up?

Latex paint is not hazardous and, once solidified, can be safely put out with household trash.

For cans almost empty: Remove the lid and allow the paint to dry into a solid.

Once the paint is completely solidified and dry, it can be thrown away with your regular, household trash. Be sure to leave the lids off so your waste hauler knows the contents are not liquid. If the lids are left on, your waste hauler will not take it.

Accepted Products


PaintCare sites accept house paint, primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings (e.g., shellac and varnish). Aerosols (spray cans), solvents, and products intended for industrial or non-architectural use are NOT accepted. The products accepted must be in original containers no larger than five gallons in size with a label and secured lid. Open or leaking cans are not accepted.

Consumers are encouraged to visit the PaintCare website for information on buying and storing paint properly, drop-off site locations, as well as other ways to repurpose leftover paint.


Yet Another Option for Disposal

As an option, Broomfield residents can take latex paint to Boulder County's HMMF. In 2013, the HMMF partnered with a local company and is now diverting most of the latex paint it collects. The Englewood-based company collects paint that hasn't solidified or been frozen and combines like colors. The paint is then mixed, filtered, and repackaged as recycled content paint sold at select retailers. In 2014, the HMMF diverted 20,595 gallons of paint from landfills.