Lake County to start Ongoing Paint Collection at the Landfill


The Lake County Landfill will be a Paint Care drop-off site this year.  
Start-date TBA, but we expect in the next couple of months.  The program will be managed by Lake County.  C4 will conduct outreach associated with the program.  No more one day events, now collection will be ongoing during landfill hours of opperation.

KEEP PAINT AND OTHER TOXIC SUBSTANCES OUT OF OUR LANDFILL AND AWAY FROM OUR WATER!

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PaintCare sites accept house paint, primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings (e.g., shellac and varnish), but we do not accept aerosols (spray cans), solvents, and products intended for industrial or non-architectural use.  A full list of accepted products.

Paint must be in its original container and the container must have an original printed label and a secured lid. We cannot accept open or leaking cans.

There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare drop-off site. PaintCare is funded by the “PaintCare Fee” which is added to the purchase price of paint sold in the state. These fees are paid to PaintCare by paint manufacturers, then passed down to retailers and to their customers. When you buy paint, you may see a line item on your receipt or invoice for each container. The fee is not a deposit — you don’t get it back when you drop off paint — a common misunderstanding.

These fees are used to fund all aspects of the paint stewardship program. Fees pay for paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach, and program administration, and to manage old “legacy” paint — the paint that has been accumulating in homes and businesses from before the program started. PaintCare sites accept old paint, even if it is 30 years old!

The fees are based on container size as follows:

$ 0.00 Half pint or smaller
$ 0.35 Larger than half pint to smaller than 1 gallon
$ 0.75 1 gallon
$ 1.60 Larger than 1 gallon up to 5 gallons

Our mission is to inspire stewardship of our natural resources by creating environmentally-friendly community infrastructure in Leadville and Lake County, Colorado.