Recycle Leftover Paint? Yes You Can!

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Leftover house paint taking up space in your garage, basement, laundry room or closet? Why not recycle it and get your storage space back!

PaintCare sets up drop-off locations where households and businesses can recycle leftover house paint, primer, stains and varnish for free. Most locations are at paint and hardware stores that take back leftover paint during regular business hours. Other locations include household hazardous waste (HHW) facilities, solid waste transfer stations, landfills, recycling centers and “re-use” stores (like those run by Habitat for Humanity).

This paint recycling program is funded by a small fee that you pay whenever you purchase paint in California, so please take advantage of what you have already paid for! Through this program, we are able to keep 94% percent of donated paint out of the landfill.

PaintCare locations take back all brands of house paint — even if it’s 20 years old! All locations accept up to five gallons per visit, and some will take much more. Paint containers should be five gallons in size or smaller and have original labels. Here is a full list of products that PaintCare accepts:

  • Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings)
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Primers, sealers, undercoaters
  • Stains
  • Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component)
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives
  • Field and lawn paints

Locations do not accept leaking, unlabeled or empty containers. They also do not accept aerosols (spray paint), art and craft paints, marine and auto paints, industrial coatings, or other related chemicals such as paint thinner, paint tints or caulking materials.

In addition to setting convenient drop-off locations where the public can get rid of unwanted paint, PaintCare also offers a free large volume pick-up service for households or businesses that have 200+ gallons of leftover paint.

Here are the PaintCare drop-off locations in Lake County:

HAZ-DROP Hazardous Waste Program
Third Friday and Saturday of each month, 9am – 1pm
Location alternates between ends of the lake

Lake County Transfer Station & Recycling Center
230 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport, CA | (707) 234-6400
Monday – Saturday 7:30am – 4pm

Plaza Paint and Supplies
555 S Main St, Lakeport, CA | (707) 263-2936
Monday – Saturday 7:30am – 5pm

Four Corners True Value Builders Supply
14975 Olympic Dr, Clearlake, CA | (707) 994-6277
Monday – Saturday 7:30am – 5:30pm, Sunday 8am – 4:30pm

To learn more about PaintCare, visit paintcare.org.