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It accumulates in cabinets, garages, sheds and under sinks.  We end up buying too much of it so we hold onto it “just in case.”  It’s paint.  Various colors, sizes, sheens, finishes and hues and it’s all just sits there until we decide it’s time to get rid of it…but now what do we do with it?  Well, that depends…

The proper disposal of paint and paint products depends on the chemicals used to manufacture them.  For instance, latex paint is a water-based substance and as such, does not require special disposal.  Once latex paint is hardened or dried out, it can be placed in normal household trash.  Click here for more information on how to identify, harden and dispose of latex paint. 

Oil-based paints, varnishes, stains, epoxies, spray paints, etc. do need to be disposed of via a household hazardous waste program.   These types of products, like many other materials considered household hazardous waste will have words like:  caution, warning, danger, flammable, corrosive, toxic or poison on their labels.  These items are prohibited from being disposed of in our municipal solid waste landfills and incinerators and should never be burned, poured down drains or concealed in household trash for disposal.
Contact your local solid waste management district to learn more about household hazardous waste disposal options in your community.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2010 13:32