Paint Recycling Program

Alberta's Paint Recycling Program is helping protect our environment by keeping paint and paint containers out of our landfills which can pose environmental and health risk if disposed of improperly.

Eligible Products and Fees

The environmental fees Albertans pay when purchasing new paint products and containers, ranging from $0.10 to $2.00, are used to help fund the cost to recycle them. There are recycling depots (collection sites) across the province where you can take your leftover paint and paint containers (even if they're empty) so they can be recycled in an effective, secure and environmentally safe manner.

Paint and Paint Containers

Aerosol Paint Cans

Find a Recycling Depot


What happens to my paint?

Prior to 2008, Albertans took their paint to a household hazardous waste roundup for disposal. However, latex paint can be remade into new paint and oil-based paint can be used as a fuel source in the energy recovery process. Since April 1, 2008, home owners and painting contractors alike have flocked to Alberta's paint recycling program because they want their leftover paint and paint containers safely recycled instead of incinerated.

How are we doing?

An overview of the past year's progress in the Paint Recycling Program can be found in the Progress Report. This user-friendly document includes program highlights and key results.

2020-21 Progress Report Download

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Municipalities and Indigenous Communities

Municipalities and Indigenous communities wishing to register their paint recycling depots (referred to in the Program as paint collection sites) may do so at the link below.

Commercial and Trade Painters

Commercial painters and businesses in general (together referred to as 'commercial generators') can take advantage of Alberta's Paint Recycling Program.

Paint Recycling FAQS

How is paint recycling going in Alberta?

Albertans are doing a great job at it. To date 28.2 million litres of paint and 6.2 million spray paint cans have been recycled since the Program started in 2008.

Why is it important for Albertans to recycle this material?

First and foremost, certain paints contain chemicals that pose a threat to the environment. And secondly, leftover paint can be turned into new paint and the metal and plastics containers are recycled into new products.

How are the paint and the cans recycled?

The paint is sorted into latex and oil. The latex is reprocessed into new paint which is sold in Alberta and to export markets. The oil-based material is used in the energy recovery process.

Where can I get more information about buying recycled paint?

Check with Renue Recycling in Calgary for a list of distributors of ecocoat paint.

Registered Paint Processors

Need a Paint Recycler? Are you interested in becoming a Registered Paint Recycler?