People who have no more use for their old paint can drop it off for recycling at the Qualicum Beach and Parksville bottle and recycling depots. (PQB News file photo)

People who have no more use for their old paint can drop it off for recycling at the Qualicum Beach and Parksville bottle and recycling depots. (PQB News file photo)

Recycle old paint in Parksville and Qualicum Beach

Non-profit groups encourage people to drop off paint at recycling depots

If you have left over residential paint, you can drop it off for recycling at the Qualicum Beach and Parksville bottle and recycling depots.

The non-profit organization Product Care Recycling, which has helped divert more than 82 million litres of paint from Canadian landfills since 1994, indicated drop-off is free, making it easer to choose an environmentally friendly disposal solution for these leftover products.

As fall approaches, many are cleaning out their basements and garages, so it’s the perfect time to encourage more people to uncover old cans of paint and unwanted coating products — all of which can be recycled.

You can recycle several types of household paint products, including indoor and outdoor paint, primer, wood finishing oils, varnish and more. Recycling leftover paint products gives them a second life instead of adding to landfill waste.

READ MORE: Parksville recycling depot receives award as one of B.C.’s top collectors

After paint is dropped off at a recycling location, it’s transported to Product Care’s paint plant in Delta for processing. Paint is then sorted by quality and type such as water-based, oil-based, or aerosol, and then used for producing new paint with recycled content, concrete manufacturing and energy recovery.

British Columbians can easily find a full list of accepted paint products online and see their nearest drop-off location using Product Care’s Recycling locator tool online at as well as a full list of accepted paint products.

— NEWS Staff

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