For general PaintCare inquires, call (855)PAINT09 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Colorado-specific inquires, contact a Colorado Program Manager or Coordinator.
- Established in July 2015
- 189 year-round drop-off sites
- 4.8 million gallons collected
PaintCare offers drop-off sites throughout Colorado where the public can take unwanted paint for recycling. These sites are available to households, businesses, government agencies, and others with leftover paint.
Drop Off Paint
Enter your zip code, city and state, or street address to find the nearest, most convenient paint drop-off site to you. All PaintCare sites accept up to 5 gallons per visit (some take more). Please call ahead to confirm business hours and ask if they can accept the type and amount of paint you would like to recycle. Sites do not accept aerosols (spray paint), leaking, unlabeled, or empty containers.
accepts up to 5 gallons
accepts up to 10-20 gal.
accepts up to 100 gal.
HHW Programs (accepts other items)
Also has Reuse Program
Door to Door Paint Pickup Service
Do you have more than ten gallons of paint to recycle? For a limited time, PaintCare is offering a direct pickup service for households in certain counties that have leftover paint, stain, and varnish. There is no charge for this service, the cost is covered by the PaintCare fee on sales of new paint in Colorado.
Colorado Springs Area
El Paso and Teller County
Visit www.actenviro.com/paintcare-request or call (866) 333-9222 and select option 3 to see if you qualify and submit a service request.
Arapahoe, Adams, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson County
Call (720) 854-8722 to see if you qualify and submit a service request.
Paint Drop-Off Events
for Households & Businesses
Visit our PaintCare Products page for
more information on accepted products.
Fee and Funding
PaintCare programs are funded by a fee (referred to as the PaintCare fee) which is applied to the purchase price of new paint sold in the state. There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare drop-off site. The PaintCare fee is not a tax or a deposit. The fee funds all aspects of the paint stewardship program. For more information on the fee, visit the PaintCare Fee Page.
The fee in Colorado is based on container size as follows:
Half pint or smaller
Larger than half pint up to smaller than 1 gallon
Larger than 1 gallon up to 5 gallons
The program plan and fee category change were approved by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on April 21, 2022. The PaintCare fee categories in Colorado will be changed to include 2 gallon containers of covered products in the 1 gallon container category. This change will take effect on July 1, 2022.
The new fee categories are shown below: