paint program


We recycle paint and other hazardous household waste. The Nechako Bottle Depot also recycles paint,pesticides and fuels in Prince George, BC. Because they are hazardous materials, there are some limits and rules for recycling paint that you will want to check out first.


    • Interior and exterior: water-based (e.g. latex, acrylic) and oil-based (e.g. alkyd, enamel) consumer paint
    • Deck and floor coating (including elastomeric)
    • Varnish and urethane (single-component)
    • Concrete and masonry paint
    • Drywall paint
    • Undercoats and primers (e.g. metal, wood etc.)
    • Stucco paint
    • Marine paint (unless registered under Pest Control Products Act)
    • Wood finishing oil
    • Melamine, metal and anti-rust paint, stain and shellac
    • Swimming pool paint (single-component)
    • Stain blocking paint
    • Textured paint
    • Block filler
    • Wood, masonry, driveway sealer or water repellant (non-tar based or bitumen based)
    • Already empty paint containers


    • Unidentifiable or unlabelled containers
    • Brushes, rags and rollers
    • Paint in glass containers
    • Improperly sealed paint containers
    • Paint containers with poor integrity (e.g. badly rusted or leaking cans)
    • Bulging containers
    • Industrial paints & finishes (e.g. baked-on, heat resistant etc.)
    • Paints or wood preservatives that are registered as a pesticide under the Pest Control Products Act
    • (has a P.C.P. Registration number on label)
    • Craft paint (non-aerosol)
    • Automotive paint (non-aerosol)
    • Two-part or component paints containing catalyst or activator
    • Roof patch or repair
    • Tar or tar/bitumen-based products
    • Traffic or line marking paint
    • Quick drying paint
    • Resins
    • Paint thinner, mineral spirits or solvents
    • Deck cleaners
    • Colorants and Tints
    • Caulking compound, epoxies, glues or adhesives
    • Other household chemicals
  • Consumer pesticides must have a poison symbol (skull and crossbones), a Pest Control Product (PCP) number and Word ‘domestic’ on the label.


    • Liquid and solid pesticides
    • Aerosol containers

    Container Limits

    • Maximum container size for liquid and solid pesticides is 10 Litres
    • Maximum size for aerosols is 660 grams or 24 ounces
  • Flammable liquids must display the flammable symbol, or a phrase similar to “keep away from open spark  or flame” on the label. Maximum container size for flammable liquids is 10 Litres.


    • Acetone
    • BBQ lighter fluid
    • Camping fuel
    • Fondue fuel
    • Furniture stripper
    • Kerosene
    • Flammable degreaser
    • Flammable lubricants
    • Flammable liquid adhesives
    • Flammable fuel treatment and additives
    • Methanol
    • Methyl Hydrate
    • Mineral spirits
    • Paint stripper
    • Paint thinner
    • Paint and varnish remover
    • Turpentine
    • Varsol
    • Other flammable solvents
  • Gasoline will only be accepted in an approved ULC container. For safety reasons, the gasoline container cannot be returned to the consumer at drop off.


    • Leftover
    • stale, or
    • old gasoline contaminated with oil or water


    • Maximum container size is 25 Litres
  • To ensure that collection sites are not overwhelmed, we ask that you observe the following voluntary limits of 10 containers (or 50 spray paint containers) per visit.


    • Aerosol paint of all types
    • Automotive
    • Craft
    • Industrial


    • Household paint up to 25 litres
    • Aerosol paint spray cans (660 grams or 24 oz.)



Here are some helpful reminders:

  • All returned paint and pesticides must be in original package/containers.
  • All returned flammable liquids must be in an ULC approved container.
  • ALL containers MUST be sealed.