Latex paint alone accounts for more than half of the material Denver residents recycle through the Hazardous Waste Collection Program. A better option is for residents to take latex paint directly to local paint recyclers. Each hazardous waste collection appointment costs the City & County of Denver about $95. By taking advantage of local latex paint recycling resources, residents can eliminate the burden of storing leftover paint, and free up City program dollars to be better spent on recycling other types of hazardous waste.
Recycling and buying recycled latex paint locally is an easy way for Denver residents to support local businesses and help close the recycling loop. Certain types of unused latex paint can be donated
to local non-profits. Other latex paint can be recycled
by private companies such as Green Sheen Paint
. Recycled paint is reprocessed into new colors and often resold by the recycler at lower costs than new paint. Before dropping off paint, residents should call ahead to find out acceptable criteria and paint recycling fees.