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How to safely dispose of paint and paint cans

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Dispose of it safely

Paint and empty, dry paint cans are accepted in Household Hazardous Waste Program. You can take up to 20 litres of household chemicals per week, free of charge, to any of The City Landfill Throw 'n' Go areas or designated fire stations.

Liquid paint must be packaged securely in the original container or make sure it is in a spill-proof container, and is clearly labelled with the contents listed.

Never flush paint down your toilet, sink or drain as it is harmful to the environment and may damage the pipes in your home.

Throw it out

Empty, dry paint containers can be placed in your black cart. Ensure the paint can is empty and dry, with the lid off.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Locations


Dispose of it safely

Commercial painting businesses can drop off their leftover volumes of commercial paint at the Shepard Landfill on Friday, March 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please be aware of the following requirements:

  • All paint containers must be sealed.
  • You will be required to unload all materials yourself.
  • Do not bring any type of hazardous waste.
  • Only qualified paint and paint containers approved under Alberta's Paint Recycling Program are acceptable.

Commercial paint businesses can also contact one of the current registered paint processors in Alberta to discuss pickup of your leftover paint.

Volumes of commercial paint are too large to be accepted at the household hazardous waste drop-off locations or Throw 'n' Go areas at City landfills.

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