The Saskatchewan Paint Recycling Program (SPRP) started in 2006 with the creation of the Ministry of Environment’s Waste Paint Management Regulations to manage paint products such as household paints, stains, and varnishes. SPRP is managed by a non-profit association created by paint manufacturers, distributors, and retailers known as Product Care. Since its inception, SPRP has recycled over 1,926,000 litres of paint, and recycles over 360,000 litres annually.

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Customers may bring in paint containers ranging in size from 100 ml to 23 litres, empty or containing paint, and aerosol paint containers to any one of the 71 SARCAN Recycling depots across the province, which act as paint collection sites for the Saskatchewan Paint Recycling Program.  SARCAN also maintains shelves for reuse if paint is potential usable, which is available for the public free of charge.   

Daily limits for paint drop off apply: 25 one-gallon paint containers and up to 50 aerosol paint containers. Trade painters and other bulk paint customers may drop off more than this by appointment only.


How is this program funded?

The program is funded entirely by eco fees remitted by Product Care's industry members. Eco-fees are paid by Product Care members based on their unit sales in the provinces where Product Care has programs. Eco-fees may be shown separately or may be included in the product price and are subject to GST. If the eco-fees are shown separately on the sales receipt by the paint retailer then PST does not apply to the eco-fees. No part of the eco-fee is remitted to the government.

What should I do with my leftover paint?

Remember that the most cost-effective and energy efficient use for leftover paint is reuse. If you do have paint left at the end of a project, apply another coat to an area which could use extra protection. Mix smaller quantities of leftover latex paint together for use as a primer coat on a larger project. Be sure to keep a small amount of paint on-hand for touch-ups.

If you can't reuse your leftover paint, you probably know someone who can. Offer leftovers to a friend, neighbor, or your local community center, church, or theatre group. SARCAN offers paint reuse shelves for useable paint brought to the SARCAN depots to help promote the reuse of paint.  

What happens to the paint?

At its end of life, paint products are recycled into a number of different uses or products: Latex paint is recycled into new paint or used as binder in cement and oil-based paints are used as alternative fuels.

What paint products don’t you accept?

  • Paintsor wood preservatives that are registered as a pesticide under the pest control act (has P.C.P. Reg# on label) e.g. marine anti-fouling paint, should be treated as a pesticide

  • Craft paint (non-aerosol)

  • Automotive paint (non-aerosol)

  • Industrial paints & finishes (eg.baked-on, heat resistant etc.)

  • 2-part or component paints containing catalyst or activator

  • Roof patch or repair

  • Tars

  • Tar-based or bitumen based product

  • Traffic or line marking paint

  • Quick drying paint

  • Resins

  • Paint thinners, mineral spirits or solvents

  • Deck cleaners

  • Colorants and Tints

  • Caulking compound, epoxies, glues or adhesives

  • Wood preservatives

  • Brushes, rags and rollers

  • Paint in glass containers

  • Unidentifiable or unlabelled containers

  • Improperly sealed paint containers

  • Paint containers with poor integrity (e.g. badly rusted cans) or leaking

  • Bulging containers

  • Other household chemicals

How do I dispose of paint?

If you must dispose of unwanted leftover paint, be sure to do so in an environmentally safe manner. Product Care Association has established return depots in all of the 71 SARCAN depots across Saskatchewan to help with the return, leftover or unusable household paint, varnish, shellacs and stains free of charge. When returning leftover paint, be sure to keep products in their original containers with its labels on. Do not combine leftover paints with each other or with oils, solvents or other products. Make sure paint cans are properly sealed before transporting.

How do I store my leftover paint?

To properly store paint, clean the rim of the can to ensure a proper seal. Pour 1/8" (3mm) of solvent on top of oil-based paint, or 1/8" (3mm) of water on top of latex paint to seal the surface, then secure the lid. Alternatively, stretch plastic wrap over the can opening, replace the lid securely, and store paint upside down. This will create an airtight seal to keep the paint fresh until you're ready to use it again. Always store paint away from heat sources at temperatures between 3 degrees and 35 degrees Celsius, and out of the reach of children.

Used paint can also be taken to SARCAN where they will put it on a shelf for public reuse.


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