You might think that paint could just be tossed with the rest of the garbage, but that isn’t so. Paint is toxic – bad for sewers, landfills, and the environment. The good news is there’s a better option in the Okanagan than simply throwing your paint away.
How paint recycling works
Once you drop off your unwanted paint at Kelowna Recycling, it’s sorted by type (oil, latex, or aerosol). Then it’s inspected for quality. Being previously frozen, partially solid, or filled with contaminants and debris all cause paint to be classified as ‘low quality’.
But low quality doesn’t mean useless. It’s still worth recycling, because low quality paints are often used as additives in concrete.
High quality paint is recycled differently depending on its type. Latex paints can usually be filtered and repackaged by color for reuse on walls and ceilings. Oil paints are often used to supplement natural energy production. Aerosol (spray) paint is first punctured to separate the gas from the paint. Leftover paint is sent away for energy recovery, and the cans are crushed and recycled like other metal.
Where can you recycle your paint?
Our paint recycling program is free so bring it to us! All we ask is you bring it in in sealed cans. We are part of the industry organization Product Care
, who arranges pickups of paint and other products from our site in Kelowna.
Paint doesn’t belong in the trash. It’s harmful for the environment and can be useful if recycled. Every time you recycle instead of throwing it away, you’ll be making the world a cleaner, greener place! Drop your old paint at Kelowna Recycling at 1972 Windsor Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4R5. Our hours are Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm and Sat. 9:00am-4:00pm. Call us with any questions!