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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.

Landfill Throw 'n' Go areas are available when the landfills are open. The Household Hazardous Waste drop-offs are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

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

Household hazardous waste must be properly labelled and packaged:

  • Leave your leftover household hazardous waste in the original container or make sure it is clearly labelled indicating the true contents.
  • Your leftover household hazardous waste should be packaged securely in a sealed, spill-proof container.


Dispose of it safely

The East Calgary Landfill is temporarily not accepting volumes of commercial paint due to maintenance and upgrades of the Paint Transfer Station. Please check back here for updates or contact 311.

Commercial paint businesses can also contact one of the current registered paint processors in Alberta to discuss pickup of your leftover paint. See the full list of eligible and ineligible materials outlined on Alberta Recycling’s website.

Volumes of commercial paint are too large to be accepted at the Throw ‘n’ Go areas at City landfills. The Shepard and Spyhill landfills do not accept commercial paint.

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