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 with the PaintCare Paint Calculator.
Empty, dried-out metal or plastic paint cans should be recycled curbside in your blue single-stream recycling cart.
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.
Households and VSQG* 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.
* Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) businesses are those that generate less than 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month.
Paint must meet the following conditions to be accepted by PaintCare retailers:
*A Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) is a business that generates less than 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month. VSQG businesses must call the participating store to arrange for drop-off. 5 gallons maximum per business per day. VSQG businesses will be required to sign a VSQG certification log for each drop-off.
All kinds of paint products including stains, latex and oil based paint through the Agency's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) programs:
The Large Volume Pick-Up Service is available at no cost for pickup of at least 300 gallons of paint. To find out how the service works and to request a pickup, call (855) 724-6809. For additional information, download the Factsheet: Large Volume Pick-Up Service (PDF: 496 KB)
Use either of these forms to request a large volume pick up:
Return the completed form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (855) 385-2020 or call (855) 724-6809 for assistance.
Businesses needing to dispose of paint may also use the services of hazardous waste haulers. Search "What would you like to recycle?" search function at the top of this web page. Choose the topic "Hazardous waste transporters, paint".
PaintCare program brochure (PDF: 337kB)
PaintCare Large Volume Pick-Up factsheet (PDF: 496kB)
Find out how the service works and how to request a pick-up.
PaintCare is a non-profit organization established by the American Coatings Association to implement California’s Paint Stewardship Law. PaintCare has set up more than 500 drop-off sites for postconsumer (leftover) paint at retailers and other sites throughout California.
Take the guesswork out of buying paint: PaintCare Paint Calculator
Reusable paint collected at the Household Toxics Facility must meet the following criteria:
It is important not to mix paint products into one container. Latex paint products need to be in their original container with a readable label.
Household generators may drop off 15 gallons of latex paint per day for free. Business generated paint products must be taken through the Business Hazardous Waste Program.
Paint collected for the reuse program is remixed into 5-gallon buckets in four standard colors: off-white, tan, light grey and light green. Recycled paint is given away for free to residents or businesses on a first come, first serve basis.
For free paint, visit the Household Toxics Facility at Central Disposal Site (Reuse and Recycling center) at 500 Mecham Road, Petaluma Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 7:30-2:30. Other household products are also available at the reuse locker.