Paint and Household Hazardous Waste


The Lake County Landfill will be a PaintCare drop-off site this year.  

Start-date: August 8th, 2016.  Collection will be ongoing during landfill hours of operation. 8 am – 5 pm, Friday to Tuesday.  The Landfill is closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

What will be accepted: Up to 10 gallons a day of 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.  Full list of accepted items.  PaintCare sites accept old paint, even if it is 30 years old!  We will be able to except latex and oil/solvent based products in the original can with label and sealed.

Businesses: Businesses/organizations must be willing to sign the generator certification log and meet the qualifications if they have 25 gallons maximum per month.

Guidelines for drop-off: 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.

Fee: No fee.

Where do I take the items you do not accept?  Items like aerosols are classified as Household Hazardous Waste and need to be taken to a designated facility.  The closest is in Summit County at the landfill, or SCRAP.  For details on what they accept, via High Country Conservation Center click here.

How is this paid for? 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

 

DO NOT ILLEGALLY DUMP THESE ITEMS, OR PUT THEM IN THE LANDFILL.  KEEP PAINT AND OTHER TOXIC SUBSTANCES OUT OF OUR LANDFILL AND AWAY FROM OUR WATER!

3eye fish in lake

 

Guidelines for drop-off

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.

Fees

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!

 no circleWhat Not To Bring: Anything not on the accepted list!  Also, no firearms, ammunition, batteries, needles and other sharp objects, medicine and prescription drugs.  (We do have a prescription drug take-back program.  You can take these items to a drop-box at the City of Leadville Police Department.)

No landfill drawingDo Not Dump It In The Landfill.  Do Not Dump It In The Woods.  Do Not Flush It Down The Drain.  Household Hazardous Waste contains toxic chemicals that can be harmful to people and the environment, and should be handled properly.  The Lake County landfill is unlined and these items should not be placed in proximity to our water supply or soil.  Many of these chemicals are harmful to our sewer system, which is not equipped to manage toxic chemicals.

3eye fish in lakeStreams and lakes, as well as groundwater can become contaminated where rain, melting snow and ice come into contact with contaminated areas.  Nobody wants residue of bleach, antifreeze or rat poison in their water supply.  We love our natural environment, lakes, rivers, streams, fish, mammals and our people! Help keep us all safe by disposing of these chemicals properly.

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E-RECYCLING RATES  Electronic-recycling is available year-round at the landfill and recycling center.  Computers, CPUs, cell-phones and digital cameras are free!  There are no special e-recycling rates on May 17th.

OTHER ITEMS ACCEPTED AT THE LANDFILL YEAR_ROUND The Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center accepts many items year-round for a fee including tires, antifreeze, propane tanks, motor oil (free up to 5 gallons), car batteries, concrete and more. There are no special rates for these items on May 17th.
 

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