​Free Paint Recycling


​Need Paint or Need to Get Rid of Paint?

FREE Paint Swap! 

Donate your leftover Latex and Oil-Based Paint to the paint swap at the Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill and/or take home paint that someone else has donated. It’s a great way to reuse leftover paint, and a great bargain, too! Free paint pick-up is only available at the Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill: 19995 Plymire Rd. Red Bluff, CA 96080  Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm, weekends 8:00 am – 2:30 pm. Tehama County Residents 18 years of age or older. 

For more information, call 528-1103. Please do not call the stores.

Donate Latex and Oil-Based Paint at the following locations for FREE:

  • Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill 19995 Plymire Rd., Red Bluff

  • Red Bluff Paint Mart 435 Antelope Blvd., Red Bluff

  • Los Molinos Ace Hardware 7930 Hwy 99E, Los Molinos

  • McCoy’s Hardware & Farm Supply 2060 South Ave., Corning

Paint can must have a label and a tight fitting lid.

Have a paint project?

Save money and take the guesswork out of buying paint! Check out the paint calculator to avoid over-purchasing paint.

PaintCare, the nonprofit stewardship program created by the paint industry, provides sites in Tehama County where households and businesses can recycle unwanted paint, stain, and varnish all year round.

Find a drop-off location near you by visiting www.paintcare.org/drop-off-sites. All sites accept up to 5 gallons per visit. Please call ahead to confirm business hours and ask if they can accept the type and amount of paint you would like to recycle. Sites do not accept aerosols (spray paint), leaking, unlabeled, or empty containers.

Businesses, organizations, and households with 100 gallons or more can request a free large volume pickup. Visit www.paintcare.org/pickup to learn more and request a pickup.

​Paint Product Stewardship Program History

The Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency in partnership with San Joaquin County, and the City and County of San Francisco were awarded a $400,000 17th Cycle Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Grant from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to develop a statewide paint product stewardship program.

This project taught consumers how to buy the right amount of paint, properly store leftovers, and provide reuse and recycling options. For paint that cannot be reduced or reused, the project goal was to increase collection of unused paint for recycling and stimulate the recycled paint market. The key project goal was to develop a paint stewardship program that would be handed over to the paint industry to manage and that can be a national model. The project was a SUCCESS and AB1343 was passed! AB 1343 (Paint Product Stewardship bill) was signed into law and requires manufacturers to fund a take-back program for paint beginning in July 2012. More information regarding the 17th Cycle HHW Paint Product Stewardship Grant is available on the Paint Product Stewardship Council website.

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