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Resilient Recycler: New Paint Take-back Locations in Clark County!


Paint. It seems like you either have too much, or not enough. If you have left over paint in cans that are taking up space and collecting dust, we have good news for you. The number of locations in Clark County that are accepting paint for takeback has just increased! Paint is a household hazardous waste (HHW) which means it requires extra care when being disposed of. Luckily, there are a number of locations that make it easy to get rid of your excess paint for free (and this list is growing).

Paint can always be taken to any of the three transfer stations in the county, but there are also twelve local paint stores that now accept used or leftover paint for recycle! See below for a current list of locations.

Here are the rules:

~ Paint must be in the original, undamaged container (Paint that is not in its original container, e.g. paint in a mason jar, should be brought to a Household Hazardous Waste facility at any Clark County transfer station.)

~ Containers should be secured before transporting to prevent spills

~ Maximum 10 gallons per person will be accepted each week.


The types of paint that are accepted: oil-based paint, latex paint, wood stains, lacquer, enamel, shellac, varnish and paint thinners

What is not accepted: adhesives/glues, waxes/polishes, putty/filler, tar, sealant, cleaners or foam, any household hazardous cleaners or chemicals

How does paint get recycled?

Latex based paint that is dropped off at participating locations will be recycled into new paint. At the paint recycling facility, paint is sorted out by color. Common colors are then combined in a large vat and blended to make unique colors of paint that can contain up to 150,000 different colors! Just 1 gallon of recycled latex paint saves 100 kilowatt-hours of energy, and keeps 115 pounds of Carbon Dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

Oil-based paints are incinerated and repurposed as an alternative fuel.

Metal and plastic paint cans are recycled separately.

Paint Take-back Locations in Clark County

  • Ace Hardware, 13009 NE Hwy 99
  • Ace Hardware, 1605 W Main St., Battle Ground
  • Filbin's Ace Hardware, 809 NE Minnehaha St.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 10811 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
  • Miller Paint, 14300 NE 20th Ave.
  • Miller Paint, 11717 NE 78th Way, Suite 101
  • Miller Paint, 2607 NE Andresen Road
  • Miller Paint, 111 NE 164th Ave.
  • Parkrose Hardware, 16509 SE First St.
  • Parkrose Hardware, 8000 E Mill Plain Blvd.
  • Parkrose Hardware, 8002 NE 6th Ave.
  • Rodda Paint & Décor, 7723 NE Fourth Plain Blvd.

Transfer Stations

  • Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 NE 117th Ave., 8 am to 4 pm Friday to Sunday.
  • West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 NW Old Lower River Road, 8 am to 4 pm Friday and Saturday.
  • Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S Grant St., 8 am to 4 pm first and third Saturday of the month.

Recycling A-Z | Clark County Washington

Each year Americans generate millions of tons of waste in the form of packaging, furniture, grass clippings, yard trimmings, glass, plastic, metal, paper products, clothing, and much, much more. The best way to reduce this waste is to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Educate. 

Check out our new Recycling A-Z Directory below which makes searching for local reuse, recycling, and safe disposal options for hundreds of products and household items even easier. Just enter the name of the item you no longer need and hit 'Search' to get answers to a variety of options for reusing and recycling, including locations and contact information.
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