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Congratulations, environmentally-minded Ontarian! By visiting this page you are already well on your way to ensuring that your leftover paints and coatings are going to be responsibly recycled and kept out of landfills and waterways.

The Ontario PaintRecycle program accepts most types of household paint through a network of nearly 300 collection sites throughout the province. These collection sites include a number of retail locations where you can return your old, leftover paint, as well as many municipal depots that accept paint alongside a host of other recyclable products. To find the PaintRecycle collection site nearest you, please use our Locator tool.

The Locator tool will also show you community collection event days that may be taking place in your area.

Please refer to the list of topics to the left for more detailed information on the products accepted by the PaintRecycle Program, Frequently Asked Questions about the program (including tips on how to handle leftover paint), and other stuff you might find interesting.

Do you have leftover or unwanted products other than paint that you’d like to recycle? Fear not, Ontario is home to many recycling programs. Try visiting our friends at Orange Drop for tips on recycling batteries, pressurized cylinders, oil containers, and more.

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What should I keep in mind when buying paint?
What should I keep in mind when buying paint?

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:

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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.

How do I store my leftover paint?
How do I store my leftover paint?

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.

faq artwork-02Alternatively, stretch plastic wrap over the can opening, replace the lid securely, and store paint upside down. This will create an airtight seal to keep the paint fresh until you’re ready to use it again. Always store paint away from heat sources at temperatures between 3 degrees and 35 degrees celsius, and out of the reach of children.
What should I do with my leftover paint?
What should I do with my leftover paint?

Remember that the most cost-effective and energy efficient use for leftover paint is reuse.

If you do have paint left at the end of a project, apply another coat to an area, which could use extra protection. Mix smaller quantities of leftover latex paint together for use as a primer coat on a larger project. Be sure to keep a small amount of paint on hand for touch-ups.

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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.

How do I recycle paint?
How do I recycle paint?

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.

faq artwork-04When returning leftover paint, be sure to keep products in their original containers with labels on. Do not combine leftover paints with each other or with oil-based paints, solvents or other products. Make sure paint cans are properly sealed before transporting.

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