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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:

  • Blank aerosol cans
  • Concrete sealers, driveway paints or sealers, masonry sealers (non-tar or non-bitumen based)
  • Craft and artist paints e.g. tempura paint
  • Dry fog coating
  • Drywall paint
  • Empty paint cans & pails of eligible product
  • Enamels (including standard single component enamels)
  • Encapsulant coating
  • Epoxies (pre-catalyzed)
  • Fire retardent/resistive coating e.g. Pink Shield
  • Glazes
  • Ink-based aerosol or liquid
  • 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)
  • Lacquers: pre-catalyzed and nitrocellulose
  • Lacquers: water borne
  • Marine paint and enamel (non anti-fouling)
  • Paint-based aerosols
  • Polyurethanes
  • Porch, floor, fence, barn and deck paints and stains
  • Primers, undeatalyzed epoxiesrcoats 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 paint
  • Tree marking paint
  • Truck bed coating
  • Urethanes
  • Varnishes & single component urethanes - interior & exterior
  • Water-based elastomeric coatings
  • Wood finishing oils & stains

Ineligible Products*

  • All paints less than 100 ml or greater than 23 L in size
  • Acid stain
  • Automotive paints (non-aerosol)
  • Battery cleaner
  • Battery terminal protectors
  • Brushes, rags & rollers
  • Chalk-based aerosol or liquid
  • Colorant and tint containers
  • 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
  • Impacted-immersion coatings
  • Liquid block filler
  • Liquid rubber sealants
  • Mastic coatings
  • Milk-based aerosol or liquid
  • Non-aerosol craft and artist paints
  • Non-aerosol automotive paints
  • Nuclear coatings
  • Paint/coatings specifically formulated for industrial application
  • Professional stripper
  • Quick dry coatings (primers, 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 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 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.