Paints, Solvents, Pesticides & Gasoline
Product Care Association
What can I recycle?
- Paint Aerosols
- Pesticides (Domestic)
- Flammable Liquids
Why should I recycle?
By recycling paints, solvents, pesticide and gasoline, you divert hazardous waste from your local landfills and help the environment.
Product Care is a not-for-profit industry association that manages product stewardship programs for hazardous household and special waste across Canada.
Product Care collects over 2 million litres of program products annually, enough to fill an entire Olympic sized swimming pool.
Where can I recycle?
Leftover paint (including paint aerosols) is accepted at all Product Care depots. Other program products are accepted at “Paint Plus” depots only. Find the nearest depot by visiting Product Care or calling the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s Recycling Hotline at 604-732-9253 (Lower Mainland), 1-800-667-4321 (outside the Lower Mainland).
What happens to it?
The collected products are reused, recycled or used for energy value, except pesticides, which are incinerated. Examples include:
- Better quality paint is given away for free in the Paint Exchange program available at participating depots.
- Latex and alkyd paint is reprocessed into paint and coating products.
- Latex paint is also used as a raw material in the manufacturing of recycled concrete and Portland cement.
- Alkyd paints, flammable liquids and waste gasoline are used as fuel in licensed facilities with environmental controls.