Paint Disposal

Latex paint is not a hazardous waste.

Reduce leftover paint by buying only what you need and using what you buy. If applying a second coat doesn’t use up leftover paint, see if friends and neighbors can use it.
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If your latex paint can is less than a third full, you can solidify it by adding sawdust, cat litter, or other dry material, then throw it in the trash. Otherwise, if the latex paint can is more than a quarter full, we will recycle the material.

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Find the Collection Location nearest  you  at PaintCare.org; they host the statewide collection program for latex and oil-based house paint.  Or ask your favorite paint retailer, many are participating collectors.

Accepted Products (max. container size is 5 gallons)

Exterior and interior paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based and enamel (all types of finishes and sheens, including textured coatings)

  • Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings)
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Primers, sealers, undercoaters
  • Stains
  • Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component)
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives
  • Field and lawn paints

Excluded Products

  • Products labeled for industrial use only
  • Products labeled for professional application
  • Paint thinners, mineral spirits, solvents
  • Aerosol paints (spray cans)
  • Auto and marine paints
  • Art and craft paints
  • Caulking compounds, epoxies, glues, adhesives
  • Paint additives, colorants, tints, resins
  • Wood preservatives (containing pesticides)
  • Roof patch and repair
  • Asphalt, tar and bitumen-based products
  • 2-component coatings
  • Deck cleaners
  • Traffic and road marking paints
  • Industrial Maintenance (IM) coatings
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer

If you have materials that are not accepted by PaintCare locations, please note that they are hazardous waste and are accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center at the Glenwood Central Receiving Station. Call 541-682-4120 to make an appointment.