Free "Paint Sweep" Drop-Off Events for Households & BusinessesOpen to Colorado residents only.

PaintCare is conducting five Paint Sweep events in rural areas of Colorado to make it easier for households and businesses to recycle or dispose of leftover house paint, stain, and varnish. We will travel from town to town conducting paint collection events in each along the way. These events are a good opportunity to get rid of larger amounts of paint that accumulated in your storage over time. The events are free and will be held rain or shine.


Households may bring any amount of latex or oil-based paint to the events, but there are restrictions on oil-based paint for some businesses (see details below).


PaintCare sets up locations all over Colorado where households and businesses can drop-off leftover paint all year round, including paint and hardware stores, household waste management facilities, and other locations. Since rural areas have fewer businesses or waste facilities to serve as PaintCare drop-off locations, the Paint Sweep events offer an additional — and potentially more convenient — opportunity to recycle unwanted paint.

1. Southeast Colorado Paint Sweep

April 30-May 2, 2019


Eads: Tuesday, April 30, Noon – 4 p.m.

Las Animas: Wednesday, May 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Ordway: Thursday, May 2, Noon – 4 p.m.


Click here for more details about all three sweep events. 

2. Eastern Colorado Paint Sweep

May 21-23, 2019 – Noon – 4 p.m.


Cheyenne Wells: Tuesday, May 21

Limon: Wednesday, May 22

Elizabeth: Thursday, May 23

Click here for more details about all three sweep events. 

3. Southern Colorado Paint Sweep

June 4-6, 2019 


Alamosa: Tuesday, June 4, 1 – 5 p.m.

South Fork: Wednesday, June 5, 1 – 5 p.m.

Colorado City: Thursday, June 6, Noon – 4 p.m.


Click here for more details about all three sweep events. 

4. Northern Colorado Paint Sweep

July 23-25, 2019 – 1 – 5 p.m.


Craig: Tuesday, July 23

Hayden: Wednesday, July 24

Black Hawk: Thursday, July 25


Click here for more details about all three sweep events. 

5. Western Colorado Paint Sweep

August 20-22, 2019 


Dove Creek: Tuesday, August 20, Noon – 4 p.m.

Mesa: Wednesday, August 21, 2 – 6 p.m.

Gypsum: Thursday, August 22, 2 – 6 p.m.

Click here for more details about all three sweep events. 


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)
  • Stains
  • Deck and concrete sealers
  • Clear finishes (e.g., varnishes, shellac)


Businesses that generate less than 220 pounds (about 20-30 gallons) of hazardous waste per month may bring latex and a limited amount of oil-based paint. Businesses that generate more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month may bring any amount of latex paint, but oil-based paint will not be accepted. Businesses with questions about limits should call (855) PAINT09.


  • 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

Early drop-offs are considered illegal dumping and are not allowed.

  • Recycle with PaintCare

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 our drop-off locator tool or call (855) PAINT09.