Introduced as part of Alberta’s “Too Good to Waste” initiative in October 2007, and growing out of the very successful, volunteer Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection program, the Alberta Paint Recycling program will:
- Encourage better environmental handling of this valuable resource through paint recycling, paint container recycling, and similar processes.
- Reduce the quantities of paint being handled and processed in the HHW stream.
- Ensure all areas of the province have equitable access to the program.
- Charge the Advance Disposal Surcharges (ADS) on paint to the paint industry on product they supply into Alberta, thus avoiding adding to the workload on retailers.
- Include paint and paint containers from commercial or trade painters.
The program applies to:
- paint, varnish and stain sold in containers of between 100 ml and 23 litres
- all paint sold in aerosol containers
- empty paint containers
Learn more about paint recycling in Alberta
Eligible products and fees
Most household and commercial paints are accepted for recycling but some material cannot be accepted. The fees charged to the suppliers for each type of product varies on the size of the containers.
Did you know?
Albertans purchase more than 30 Million litres of paint and 2 Million aerosols each year.
Get more quick facts and stats on paint recycling
Become a Registered Processor
If you’re interested in working with Alberta Recycling to help make better use of this valuable resource, we want to speak with you.
Current Registered Paint Processors
Looking for a list of registered paint recyclers?
Get it here...
Municipalities Interested in Registering
Municipalities wishing to register their paint collection sites, please follow this link for details...
Commercial and Trade Painters
Professional painters can participate in the Paint Recycling Program. Find out how...
For more information on this and other programs operated by Alberta Recycling, please contact us.