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Eligible Products & Fees

Following is the list of eligible products in Alberta's Paint and Paint Container Recycling Program and the environmental fees charged on the sale of new paint and paint containers.

  • 100ml to 250ml - $0.10
  • 251ml to 1L - $0.25
  • 1.01L to 5L - $0.75
  • 5.01L to 23L - $2.00
  • Aerosol paint containers, all sizes - $0.10

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

  • Aerosols/Spray Paints:
    • Paint-based aerosols
    • blank aerosol cans
  • Architectural coatings including:
    • Water-based paint e.g. latex, acrylic
    • Oil and solvent-based (alkyd)
  • Interior and exterior paint and stains:
    • Chalk-based paint (as of January 1, 2020)
    • Craft and artist paints e.g. tempura (as of January 1, 2020)
    • Drywall paint
    • Enamels (standard single component)
    • Epoxies (pre-catalyzed)
    • Ink-based paints (as of January 1, 2020)
    • Metal paints:
      • Decorative
      • Rust preventative coatings
    • Milk-based paints (as of January 1, 2020)
  • Top coats (single component, waterborne/water-based or solvent-based):
    • Glazes
    • Lacquers:
      • pre-catalyzed and nitrocellulose
      • water borne
    • Polyurethanes
    • Shellac and shellac-based products
    • Urethanes
    • Varnishes
  • Primers, sealers and undercoats
  • Stains and finishes:
    • Barn and fence
    • Deck
    • Floor
    • Porch and patio
    • Wood finishing oils and stains
  • Sealers (non-tar or non-bitumen-based):
    • Concrete sealer
    • Driveway paints or sealers
    • Elastomeric coatings (water-based only)
    • Encapsulant coatings
    • Liquid block filler (as of January 1, 2020)
    • Masonry Sealer
    • Stain blocking paint
    • Undercoat
    • Water repellent sealers
  • Solvents, thinners and mineral spirits (as of January 1, 2020)
  • Textured paint:
    • Stone effects coatings
    • Stucco paint
    • Swimming pool coating (single component)
    • Textured paint
    • Truck bed coating
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Deck cleaners (as of January 1, 2020)
    • Dry fog coating (as of January 1, 2020)
    • Fire-retardent/resitive coating e.g. Pink Shield
    • Marine paint and enamel (non anti-fouling)
    • Scenic, movie set paint
    • Strippers for paint, coatings and wallpaper removal (as of January 1, 2020)
    • Traffic marking paint
    • Tree marking paint
    • Wood preservatives (non-creosote) (as of January 1, 2020)

Ineligible Products

  • All paints less than 100 ml or greater than 23 L in size
  • Acid stains
  • Automotive paints (non-aerosol)
  • Battery terminal protectors and battery cleaners
  • Brushes, rags and rollers
  • Corrosive products
  • Industrial coatings -
    • Heat reactive coatings
    • High temperature coatings
    • Impacted-immersion coatings
    • Mastic coatings
    • Nuclear coatings
    • Quick dry coatings (primers, enamels)
    • Two-part or multi-component coatings requiring catalyzing reaction
    • Please see the industrial paint definition.
  • Rubber coatings
    • Thermoplastic rubber
    • Liquid rubber sealant
  • Tar-based and bituminous coatings
    • Roof patch tars and greases

The following products may not be accepted for recycling:

  • Bulging or leaking paint cans
  • Unidentifiable paint or containers
  • Paint not stored 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 Paint Products. Current version published August 28, 2019.

Table of Fees for Paint Products

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 2019 alone, residents and businesses recycled 2.19 million litres of paint and 752,000 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.