How to Properly Dispose of Paint (in the city of Toronto)

Paint disposal is a tricky subject to talk about.

Paint itself can be extremely harmful to the environment if it is not disposed of correctly. This is made worse with the fact that you could be looking at some very hefty fines and possibly even some jail time if it is toxic and disposed of incorrectly. Paint disposal is definitely something that you should take care of properly. But don’t worry, we are here to help!


Here’s how to properly dispose of paint (at least in Toronto and the GTA):

Method 1: Saving it

Take a moment to ask yourself: Do you really need to dispose of this paint? There are plenty of other projects that you may be able to use the paint on. It never hurts to have an extra can of paint for your further home painting projects lying around either; you never know when you’re going to run out. Or, if you see an extra room that needs a facelift, why not use it on this room? One of the best way to rid of extra paint is to use it!

Method 2: The “Do What You Can” Program

In 2009, the province of Ontario announced the “Do What You Can” program about Paint Disposal Toronto. Here’s how to use it!

  • Round up all of the paint that you need to dispose.
  • Load it in paint cans or other paint-safe containers (see: How to Store Your Paint).
  • Take to Home Depot Paint Disposal or RONA.
  • The store will take your paint and it will be recycled; great for you and the environment!

Method 3: Latex Paint Disposal

Latex Paint is generally safe for the environment. This makes it a little easier to dispose of, but you still need to be careful while doing it.

  • NEVER pour the paint down your drains. This can be very harmful to your drains and cause rusting, and is also illegal.
  • To dispose of the paint, grab a plastic bucket and fill it with kitty litter or wood chips.
  • Pour the paint into the bucket.
  • Allow to dry, dispose of as if you would with normal trash.


Method 4: Oil Paint – Local drop off depots

Oil-based paint is a little more toxic, so you need to be careful. The only option you have to dispose of oil-based paint is to find a local drop off depot. Here, you can locate a nearby drop off depot

 Method 5: Donate it

There are many charities and organizations who need paint. They could distribute it to their members and clients. This is one of the best ways to get rid of your unused paint and at the same time help another party who is need of it. Its never good to waste paint, and this is a way to put it to good use!

Now, if you don’t want to go through all of the hassle of paint disposal in Toronto, how about just not buy it in the first place?

Call Home Painters Toronto for a Free Paint Disposal Consultation

With over 25 years of experience in Toronto home renovations, we can take care of the whole painting process for you; from buying to disposing. Call us NOW at 416-494-9095 or email us at to get a FREE estimate on your upcoming interior renovation project.

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