Paint manufacturers created PaintCare to provide convenient places to recycle leftover paint, such as paint retail stores and paint drop-off events. To learn more or find a year-round PaintCare drop-off site near you, visit www.paintcare.org or call (855) PAINT09.
San DiegoFree Paint Recycling Drop-off and Giveaway Event for Households & Businesses
What Paint Products & Quantities Can You Bring?
Households may bring any amount of paint, stain, and varnish. Limits apply to businesses, see below.
Paint must be in sealed, original container with original manufacturer label. This event is for the following products only:
House paint and primers (latex or oil-based)
Deck and concrete sealers
Clear finishes (e.g., varnishes, shellac)
No leaking, unlabeled, or empty containers
No aerosol spray paints
No drums or containers larger than 5 gallons
We cannot accept other hazardous waste or chemicals such as paint thinner, solvents, motor oil, spackle, glue, adhesive, roofing tar, pesticides, cleaning chemicals
To use PaintCare drop-off sites and events for oil-based products, a business must qualify as an exempt generator under federal and any analogous state hazardous waste generator rules. Please visit the Very Small Quantity Generator page for more information on exempt generator rules. If your business does not qualify as an exempt generator, it can use PaintCare drop-off sites and events for water-based products but not oil-based products.