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Paints and Coatings Recycling and Proper Disposal Locations
serving Stockton, Tracy, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop, Escalon and San Joaquin County

How do I recycle or properly dispose of...

Got too much paint left over in the garage? 
Join the club.  Many of us have more paint and coatings (stains, waterproofing products etc.) stored than we know what to do with.  How do you properly dispose of these materials?  The best way is to use them up or give them to someone who can use them.  If you can't use them or give them away, take them to San Joaquin Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW) facility or use a free PaintCare Drop-Off Site. These sites accept both WATER and OIL Based paints.

Save money and avoid waste by buying the right amount of paint!  Make sure you don't buy more paint than you really need: use this interactive calculator from the Paint Quality Institute, or try our printable card to help determine how much paint you need for your project.

Why can't I throw it in the garbage?
Paints contain resins, solvents, pigments, and additives that are toxic and/or flammable.  Although water-based latex paint is less hazardous than oil-based paint, its ingredients are hazardous to human health and the environment and it must be managed as a hazardous waste at time of disposal.

HHW ReUse Room
If the products or items dropped off at the HHW are: 1) useable, 2) not a banned product and 3) are full enough to make it worthwhile, our hazardous materials specialists will place them in the HHW Re-Use Room, where other county residents who can use these products can take them home FREE of charge.  Why waste a perfectly good product by placing it in the trash when someone out there can re-use it?  You can feel good about helping the environment and helping people save a few bucks.

There is NO COST for San Joaquin County residents to drop off these materials at the HHW Facility  for proper disposal.

PLEASE DO NOT PLACE THESE ITEMS IN THE GARBAGE!

 

Where Can I Take Paint and Coatings for Proper Disposal?

Businesses:
Businesses can utilize the following resources to properly dispose of paint and other coatings:

Recycle latex and oil-base paint for FREE at a PaintCare Drop-Off Site.

San Joaquin Household Hazardous Waste Facility
San Joaquin County small businesses that qualify for the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Program can deliver paint to the San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility for a fee.  Click on the "Small Business HHW" links below for more information.

Residents
Residents of San Joaquin County can utilize the following resources to properly dispose of paint and coatings:

Drop your paint off and have it recycled for FREE at a PaintCare Drop-Off Site.

San Joaquin Household Hazardous Waste Facility
San Joaquin County residents can take up to 15 gallons total at one time to the San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility for recycling and proper disposal.  Click on the HHW links below for more information.

San Joaquin County Solid Waste Facilities
San Joaquin County residents can take up to 5 gallons paint to San Joaquin County Solid Waste Facilities.  For more information on San Joaquin County Solid Waste Facilities click on the links listed below.

Paint Retail Drop-off Locations

San Joaquin County residents may take up to 5 gallons of paint to participating retail locations.  Paint must be contained in original, non-leaking containers with readable labels.  To find local retail sites, please see PaintCare Drop-Off Sites. Please note, leaking or unidentifiable containers, paint mixed with other products, empty paint cans, oil-based paint or other hazardous wastes will not be accepted at retail locations.  This program is for residential use only; paint from non-residential sources will not be accepted.  Participating retailers include:
 

True Value Hardware
1436 Main Street
Escalon, CA 95320
209-838-7805
 

 Schemper’s Ace Hardware
150 North Wilma Avenue
Ripon, CA 95366
209-599-2141
 


Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware
2060 East Fremont Street
Stockton, CA 95205
209-451-1459

 
  Van's Ace Hardware
2695 North Tracy Boulevard
Tracy, CA 95376
209-835-8286

Valley Lumber & Supply Co
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 1627 South Center Street
Stockton, CA 95206
209-464-4565
 
Stockton Color Center
2104 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95204
209-943-1617

Glidden Professional
2504 Monte Diablo Avenue
Stockton, CA 95203
209-466-8038
 
Stockton Ace Hardware
3201 West Benjamin Holt Drive
Stockton, CA 95219
209-951-8050

Lockeford True Value
18960 North Highway 88
Lockeford, CA 95237
209-727-3791


 
Strands Ace Hardware
3360 McHenry Avenue
Escalon, CA 95320
209-838-7992
 
PaintCare Drop-Off Sites
 

 
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Last updated 01/15/2013

 

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