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Paint & Household Chemicals

There are a number of programs and resources to help residents recycle or dispose of household hazardous waste. If these chemicals are not properly disposed of, they can harm sanitation workers, create problems in sewage treatment plants and landfills, or pollute the water or air. Help do your part and take advantage of the opportunities available in and for Aurora residents. 

Household Chemical Roundups 

PaintCare Program

  • Through the FREE PaintCare program, unused paint can be returned to many of the locations where it was purchased. For a complete list of locations and items accepted, visit PaintCareThere are limitations on how much paint you can drop off at each visit, and not all retail stores accept paint for recycling. Contact the store directly to confirm business hours and their ability to accept what you would like to recycle.

  • For larger amounts, mix in kitty litter or paint hardener, which is available at most paint stores. Once dry, it can be thrown way.

Household Chemicals

  • Businesses throughout the city also offer recycling options for certain items which may offer a quicker and more cost-effective solution, depending on your specific waste. Call ahead to confirm that the location nearest you is currently accepting these materials for recycling. 

  • Alkaline batteries manufactured in the United States no longer contain mercury. These batteries can be disposed of in the regular trash. Batteries often still have some charge left when disposed. Place a piece of tape securely over each terminal end of the alkaline battery before placing it in the trash, or place individual batteries in a strong plastic zip-top bag before placing in the trash. 

  • Batteries, such as cellphone and rechargeable batteries, can be recycled at a number of stores that participate in the national call2cycle program. Find a recycling location.

  • Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) contain a small amount of mercury and should never be thrown in the trash. Stores such as Ace Hardware, Batteries + Bulbs, Home Depot, IKEA and Lowe's all accept CFLs. Wrap each bulb in a plastic bag to prevent mercury from leaking if it breaks. Do not pack multiple CFLs in the same bag as this will increase the chance of them breaking. Broken CFLs cannot be recycled. For instructions on disposing of a broken bulb, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's instructions here.

  • Gasoline can be recycled through the Door-to-Door program listed above. 

  • Motor oil and lead acid car batteries can be recycled for free at Advanced Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Grease Monkey or O’Reilly Auto Parts.  

  • Prescription Drug Disposal CDPHE has a database of medication take-back locations around the state. You can view the map here.

  • Small electronics can be recycled for low or no cost at Best Buy, or you can schedule a pickup or drop-off at TechnoRescue. Aurora also holds events throughout the year. Find information on dates and locations here

  • Tires can be recycled for a small fee per tire at Walmart Auto Care Centers or Big O Tires.

Door-to-Door Program

  • Aurora Water’s Door-to-Door Household Hazardous Waste program provides an easy solution for residents to safely and properly dispose of these chemicals, rather than throwing them in the trash where they may leach into our water system. 

  • Items accepted antifreeze, automotive and rechargeable batteries, bathroom cleaners, electronics, lawn care products, motor oil, old gasoline, pesticides, propane cylinders and more are acceptable for disposal.

  • The service fee is $10.   

  • Once a resident has called to schedule a pickup, they will be sent a large plastic bag with a list of materials accepted, instructions on how to safely pack the bag, and where to place the bag for pickup. The chemicals will then either be recycled or disposed of properly. 

  • Please limit the quantity to five gallons or less of motor oil, antifreeze and transmission fluid.

  • Appointments for the door-to-door program are filling up fast. To schedule a collection date, call 303.249.0086 or email

  • For more information, visit HHWDISPOSAL.COM/COLORADO

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