A-Z Recycling Guide -- Paint
Paint disposal falls under three categories: reusable, latex or water-based, and oil-based.
1) If you have a reusable quantity of paint, donate the paint to the HHW program for its product giveaway or to any of the organizations listed below.
2) Latex or water-based paints are not hazardous and once properly solidified, can be disposed of in your regular trash. Go to Household Hazardous Waste for detailed directions on how to properly solidify latex paint.
3) Oil-based paints are considered hazardous waste and should be taken to the Boulder County Household Hazardous Waste facility.
Metal paint cans that are empty and dry can be recycled in the scrap metal bin at the CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials) or Longmont drop-off center (paint cans cannot be recycled through any curbside program or with commingled containers).
Boulder County Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HMMF)
1901c 63rd Street
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: (720) 564-2251
Hours: Wed. - Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed for public holidays.
Resident Household Hazardous Waste
Boulder County’s Hazardous Materials Management Facility is open for household hazardous waste drop off from all residents of Boulder County, City and County of Broomfield, and the Town of Erie. Proof of residency (for example, your driver's license, vehicle registration, voter identification, tax certificate, lease agreement or utility bill) is required when you drop-off your wastes. Hazardous wastes are recycled or disposed of properly.
Broomfield, Longmont, and Superior hold annual or periodic hazardous waste collection events for their residents. Please call your local town/city hall for details.
Accepted materials: unused and unwanted hazardous products year-round from residents of Boulder County, City and County of Broomfield, and Town of Erie. This includes residents of Allenspark, Boulder, Broomfield, Erie, Hygiene, Jamestown, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Superior, and Ward. Proof of residency (e.g. driving license, voter ID, tax certificate, lease agreement) is required. Materials accepted include household cleaners, solvents, fluorescent tubes, glues, cleaners, pesticides, automotive fluids, automobile batteries, paint and paint products and rechargeable and non-alkaline batteries. Radioactive, explosive, shock-sensitive, infectious, and commercially generated wastes are not accepted.
Business (commerical businesses, agencies, non-profits, institutions, religious organizations, and schools) wastes are accepted by appointment only. Please visit website for details and application:
Boulder High School
1604 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: (303) 447-5313
Accepted materials: Water-based paints for drama and musical productions. Neutral colors are preferred (whites and off-whites, browns, etc.), but other colors may be needed from time to time. Contributions of at least one gallon are preferred. Please bring to school office during school hours.
Flatirons Habitat for Humanity ReStore
1 Park St.
Broomfield, CO 80020
Phone: (303) 404-2008
Accepted materials: New/working appliances (7 years old or less) still under warranty. Accepts new blinds and unused building materials along with other new and used items. Will not accept opened paint or mattresses. They reserve the right to decline any goods depending on their current needs so call before to confirm. Please call for pickup of large donations, to verify current acceptability of donations, and to ask any questions you might have.