Paint frequently asked questions

  • Paint disposal in landfills creates environmental and public health problems. One gallon of improperly disposed paint has the ability to pollute up to 250,000 gallons of water.
  • As of July 1, 2015 a Paint Stewardship Program was formed in Colorado to aid in paint disposal. This program encourages source reduction, paint reuse and paint recycling.
  • The Paint Stewardship Program was the product of Senate Bill 14-029 which approved a fee on all new, consumer paint sold in Colorado.

Fee schedule
Half pint or smaller: $0.00

Larger than half pint to smaller than 1 gallon: $0.35

1 gallon: $0.75

Larger than 1 gallon up to 5 gallons: $1.60

  • The revenue collected from this fee funds a stewardship organization, PaintCare, to oversee paint reuse and recycling. When consumers have old and/or unused paint, it can be dropped off at a participating PaintCare location at no cost to the consumer. This paint is then reused, recycled or disposed of in an environmentally sound way.
  • PaintCare has over 160 permanent drop-off locations participating throughout Colorado and holds additional paint drop-off events annually.
Detailed location descriptions.

  • For those with over 200 gallons of paint, PaintCare can arrange a large volume pick-up with no associated cost.