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Paint cans

Disposal options

Empty paint cans can be disposed of in your household trash or taken to any CSWD Drop-Off Center except Burlington as trash.

Metal paint cans are accepted for recycling only at the CSWD Environmental Depot by appointment only.

  • Must contain only paint residue; no kitty litter or other substances.


  • No fee for recycling metal paint cans at the Environmental Depot.
  • Household trash fees apply for throwing away in your trash or taking to a CSWD Drop-Off Center.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

If the can contains leftover paint, it should be dropped off at the CSWD Environmental Depot by appointment only.


Paint cans are not accepted for scrap metal recycling at our Drop-Off Centers because of residual paint left in the can. When mixed with rain water, leakage can occur and compromise all the other materials in the scrap metal bin.