1. Buy the correct amount of paint for the project
When you purchase the right amount of paint, it eliminates the need to store, recycle or dispose of paint when the project is finished. Take the guesswork out of buying paint using PaintCare’s Paint Smarter Tips Page.
2. Store paint to keep it fresh and use up leftover paint
For best results, cover the opening of the paint can with plastic wrap, securely seal the lid, then turn the can upside down and store in a place with moderate room temperature to avoid freezing. Properly stored leftover paint can be used for touch-ups or small projects.
3. If you can't use it up, drop-off paint at PaintCare Program retail locations. For residents and businesses.
Paint must meet the following conditions to be accepted by PaintCare retailers:
- Water-based and oil-based house paint, stains and varnish. Visit PaintCare for a complete list of PaintCare program and non-program products.
- Original container that can be read
- Sealed, not leaking
- Empty (dried latex okay)
- 5 gallons or less in size
Households and CESQG* businesses can use the retail sites below. Larger businesses—those that generate more than 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month—can use the PaintCare sites for water-based program products only, not oil-based program products.
*A Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) is a business that generates less than 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month. CESQG businesses must call the participating store to arrange for drop-off. 5 gallons maximum per business per day. CESQG businesses will be required to sign a CESQG certification log for each drop-off.
4. Dispose of unusable paint products properly: for residents and businesses
All kinds of paint products including stains, latex and oil based paint through Zero Waste Sonoma's Hazardous Waste programs Household Hazardous Waste Facility for Residents
5. Have large volumes of paint picked up by the PaintCare's Large Volume Pick-Up Service: for residents and businesses
The Large Volume Pick-Up Service is available at no cost for pickup of at least 200 gallons of paint measured by container size, not by volume. To find out how the service works and to request a pickup, call (855) 724-6809 or download a Factsheet: Large Volume Pick-Up Service
Use either of these forms to request a large volume pick up:
Online form: Large Volume Pick-Up Service Form
.pdf form: Large Volume Pick-Up Service Form
6. Dispose of paint using hazardous waste transporters: for businesses
Businesses needing to dispose of paint may also use the services of hazardous waste haulers. See Hazardous waste transporters