In British Columbia, ReGeneration operates more than 200 collection sites across the province where consumers may return leftover paint including 90 collection sites where consumers may also dispose of flammables, gasoline and pesticides. There is no charge to drop off leftovers that are accepted by the program.
When you want to spruce up your surroundings, nothing brightens up a room like a fresh coat of paint. Paint covers, protects and beautifies surfaces, and, when used properly, has little impact on the environment. However, not every can of paint gets used up, and, if improperly disposed of, leftover paint can threaten our landfills, sewers and streams.
When beginning a painting project, remember the BUD Rule:
Ask your paint retailer to help you estimate how much paint your project will require. Not only will this save you money, but it will reduce the likelihood of having leftover paint at the end of your project.
To properly store paint, clean the rim of the can to ensure a proper seal. Pour 1/8″ (3mm) of solvent on top of oil-based paint, or 1/8″ (3mm) of water on top of latex paint to seal the surface then secure the lid.
Remember that the most cost-effective and energy efficient use for leftover paint is reuse.
If you can’t reuse your leftover paint, you probably know someone who can. Offer leftovers to a friend, neighbour, or your local community centre, church, or theatre group.
If you must dispose of unwanted leftover paint, be sure to do so in an environmentally safe manner. PaintRecycle partners with retailers and municipalities across the province to take back leftover household paint, varnish, shellacs and stains free of charge.