Go Green with Paint

  1. Do not buy more paint than you need for your projects. Use SICO’s
    paint calculator
    – it is there to help you!
  2. Prefer latex paint over alkyd paint.
  3. Before cleaning your paint brushes, use a paint brush and roller cleaner. This tool has a serrated edge to remove excess paint from brushes, and a concave edge for rollers. This will help you recover quite a bit of paint which you can pour back into its container. Cleaning your brushes will then require much less water.
  4. To clean your latex-covered paint brushes, finish cleaning them in a container of water instead of under the tap.
  5. If you need to use an alkyd paint, let the solvent used to clean your brushes clarify. Paint particles will go to the bottom, allowing you to filter the solvent and use it later.
  6. Do not pour leftover paint on the ground or down household or storm drains because it could contaminate a nearby stream or the water table.
  7. If your paint container is nearly empty, let the leftover paint dry completely in the open container before throwing it out.
  8. Give leftover paint to someone who could use it: a neighbour or friend, a recreational service or a non-profit organization. However, make sure the leftover paint is in its original container and that the label is intact.

Authorized Paint Recycling Depot

There is no charge to drop off any of the following household paints for recycling (25 litre container maximum):

  • Interior and exterior paints
  • Latex, acrylic, water-based paints
  • Alkyd, enamel, oil-based paints
  • Deck coatings, floor paints
  • Single component varnishes and urethanes
  • Concrete, masonry, drywall and stucco paints
  • Metal and wood primers
  • Undercoats
  • Marine paint*
  • Wood finishing oils
  • Wood preservatives*
  • Melamine, metal and anti-rust paint, stains, shellac
  • Single component swimming pool paint
  • Stain blocking paint
  • Block Fillers
  • Wood, masonry, driveway sealers and water repellants
  • Empty paint containers
  • Consumer, industrial and automotive aerosols**
* Unless registered under Pest Control Product Act
** Maximum container size is 660 grams or 24 ounce

Paint Recycling FAQ

What products are accepted by the program?

Most types of household paints and architectural coatings are accepted.  See list of acceptable products above, visit http://www.productcare.org/mb or call 1-888-772-9772. Product categories such as Household Hazardous Waste Materials and Pesticides will be acceptable later in the year 2012.

How do I store my products for later use?

  • Store in original, securely-sealed, labelled containers.
  • Store paint away from extreme heat or cold.
  • Avoid freezing paint.
  • Clean the rim for a good seal, pour 3mm(1/8″) of paint thinner on top of oil-based paint, or 3mm(1/8″) of water on latex paint, or store with container upside-down.

How is this program funded?

The program is funded by recycling fees paid to Product Care by its member companies. Some retailers show the recycling fee separately at point-of-purchase and some may include it in the product price. Recycling fee is subject to sales tax (federal and provincial) because it is considered to be a part of the price of regulated products. The recycling fee is not a tax.

Who is Product Care?

The Manitoba Paint Recycling Program is managed by Product Care Association on behalf of the manufacturers, distributors and retailers of paint products. Product Care is a not-for-profit industry association that manages product stewardship programs for leftover paint and other household hazardous and special waste across Canada.
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