Following is the list of the eligible products in Alberta's Paint and Paint Containers Recycling Program and the environmental fees charged on the sale of new products.  Also included for your reference is a list of ineligible paints products.

Eligible paint products in containers sized 100 ml to 23 L:

  • Blank aerosol cans
  • Concrete sealers & driveway (non-tar based) paints
  • Empty paint cans & pails of eligible product
  • Enamels
  • Latex and alkyd (oil) and solvent-based paints and stains: interior and exterior
  • Marine paint (non anti-fouling)
  • Paint-based aerosols
  • Porch, floor, fence, barn & deck paints and stains
  • Pre-catalyzed and nitrocellulose lacquers
  • Pre-catalyzed epoxies
  • Primers, undercoats & water repellent sealers
  • Rust and decorative metal paints
  • Scenic, movie set paint
  • Shellac and shellac-based products
  • Stone effect coating
  • Traffic marking paints
  • Tree marking paint
  • Varnishes & single component urethanes: interior & exterior
  • Water borne lacquers
  • Wood finishing oils & stains

The current environmental fees charged on the sale of new paint and paint containers

Unpressurized paint containers:

A. 100 ml to 250 ml


B. 251 ml to 1 L


C. 1.01 L to 5 L


D. 5.01 L to 23 L


E. Aerosol paint containers all sizes


Ineligible Products*

  • All paints less than 100 ml or greater than 23 L in size
  • Brushes, rags & rollers
  • Chalk-based aerosol or liquid
  • Colorants and tints (this refers to the pigments which are added to paint bases to colour them; however, paint which has been coloured or tinted is applicable for an environmental fee)
  • Corrosive products
  • Deck cleaners
  • Glues, fiberglass resins, adhesives & caulking compounds (aerosol or liquid)
  • Ink-based aerosol or liquid
  • Milk-based aerosol or liquid
  • Non-aerosol automotive paints
  • Non-aerosol craft and artist paints
  • Paint specifically formulated for industrial application (see industrial paint definition)
  • Roof patch, tars and greases
  • Solvents, thinners and mineral spirits
  • Tar-based aerosol or liquid
  • Two-part/multi component paints
  • Wood preservatives e.g. creosote


The following products may not be accepted*:

  • Bulging or leaking paint cans
  • Unidentifiable paint or containers
  • Paint not in original containers

    *Call your municipal collection site to see if these products will be accepted as hazardous waste.

For more detailed information please see the Table of Fees for Eligible Paint Products (current version published November 30, 2017).

The environmental fees Albertans pay when purchasing new paint products and containers helps fund the cost to recycle them ...

Albertans are some of the of the most dedicated recyclers in the world.  In 2015 alone residents and businesses recycled 2.5 million litres of paint and over half a million spray paint cans. Leftover latex paint is recycled into usable latex and oil-based paint is used as a fuel source in the energy recovery process.  The metal containers are recycled into industrial products such as rebar and the plastic paint 'buckets' are shredded and manufactured into new plastic products.




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