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Paint Recycling and Disposal

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PaintCare is a non-profit established by the American Coating Association to manage leftover and unused architectural paint. PaintCare has established drop-off sites in San Diego County. These sites will accept architectural paint from residents.

PaintCare Brochure (PDF)

Find the nearest PaintCare drop-off location:

Most PaintCare locations have a 5-gallon limit on the quantity of architectural paint they can accept. Paint containers must be 5-gallon in size or smaller. Leaking, unlabeled and empty containers are not accepted at PaintCare drop-off sites.

Architectural paint accepted at PaintCare locations:

  • Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (all types of finishes and sheens, including textured coatings)
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Primers, sealers, and under coaters
  • Stains
  • Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component)
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)
  • Swimming pool paints (single component)
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives


PaintCare drop-off sites will accept architectural paint from trade painters, contractors and other businesses with one restriction: if your business generates more than 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month, you can only drop off latex paint at PaintCare locations.

For more information: or call (855)724-6809