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Hazardous Waste

The PaintCare program accepts used and unwanted paint at the following Truckee locations: 

Ace Mountain Hardware and Sports
Limit: 5 gallons per visit
11320 Donner Pass Road | (530) 587-4844
Mon – Sat 7am – 7pm, Sun 8am – 6pm

Truckee Paint Mart
Limit: 20 gallons per visit
10929 Industrial Way | (530) 587-7285
Mon – Fri 7am – 5pm, Sat 8am – 3pm

Kelly-Moore Paints- Due to COVID-19 concerns, Kelly-Moore Paints is not accepting paint drop-offs for recycling at any of their locations.
Limit: 20 gallons per visit
40153 Truckee Airport Rd | (530) 550-7201
Mon – Fri 6:30am – 6pm, Sat 8am – 4pm

You can also bring your paint to the Eastern Regional Landfill during Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events every month. Limit: 15 gallons per visit.

storm drain

Never Dump Down the Drain

Dispose of oil- or water-based paint as Household Hazardous Waste. Never dump paint down the drain because it can contaminate lakes and rivers.


Recycle for Free With PaintCare

Recycle your unwanted house paint, primer, stain, or varnish for free at a PaintCare drop-off location. Both latex and oil-based products are accepted. All locations accept up to five gallons per visit (some take more). Paint containers should be five gallons in size or smaller and have original labels. No leaking, unlabeled, or empty containers. Spray paint is not accepted. For a list of products accepted for recycling or to find a drop-off location, visit PaintCare’s website.


Throw Away Empty Cans

Let empty paint cans dry out before disposing of them. Then, throw them in the trash without the lid, in order to show that the can is empty.

Did You Know?

We All Buy Too Much Paint

Leftover paint is the single largest waste stream that local HHW programs find themselves managing. According to the EPA, approximately 10 percent of all paint sold each year will not be used.