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.  Following the list of fees you will find a list of ineligible paints products.

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

  • Blank aerosol cans
  • Concrete sealers, driveway paints or sealers, masonry sealers (non-tar or non-bitumen based)
  • Dry fog coating
  • Drywall paint
  • Empty paint cans & pails of eligible product
  • Enamels (including standard single component enamels)
  • Encapsulant coating
  • Fire retardent/resistive coating e.g. Pink Shield
  • Interior & exterior paints and stains regardless of finishing type e.g. eggshell, satin, chalk finish; water-based e.g. latex, acrylic; oil and solvent-based (alkyd)
  • Marine paint and enamel (non anti-fouling)
  • Paint-based aerosols
  • Porch, floor, fence, barn and deck paints and stains
  • Pre-catalyzed and nitrocellulose lacquers
  • Pre-catalyzed epoxies
  • Primers, undercoats and water repellent sealers
  • Rust and decorative metal paints
  • Scenic, movie set paint
  • Sealers, glazes (water-based and oil-based)
  • Shellac and shellac-based products
  • Stain blocking paint
  • Stone effects coatings
  • Stucco paint
  • Swimming pool coating (single-component)
  • Textured paint
  • Traffic marking paints
  • Tree marking paint
  • Truck bed coating
  • Varnishes & single component urethanes - interior & exterior
  • Water borne lacquers
  • Water-based elastomeric coatings
  • 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
  • Acid stain
  • Battery cleaner
  • Battery terminal protectors
  • 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 Surcharge applicable)
  • Corrosive products
  • Deck cleaners
  • Glues, fiberglass resins, adhesives, caulking compounds and block filler - aerosol or liquid e.g. contact cement
  • Heat reactive coatings
  • High temperature coatings
  • Ink-based aerosol or liquid
  • Milk-based aerosol or liquid
  • Non-aerosol automotive paints
  • Non-aerosol craft and artist paints
  • Nuclear coatings
  • Paint/coatings specifically formulated for industrial application (industrial paints and finishes e.g. baked-on, heat resistant. Please see >>>industrial paint definition)
  • Professional stripper
  • Quick dry enamels
  • Roof patch, tars and greases
  • Solvents, thinners and mineral spirits
  • Tar (bitumen) based aerosol or liquid e.g. liquid rubber sealant
  • Thermoplastic rubber, mastic or bituminous coatings
  • Two-part or multi-component coatings requiring catalyzing reaction
  • 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 (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 2017 alone residents and businesses recycled 2.2 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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