How should I dispose of paint?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in

Latex paint is water-based and can safely be disposed of with household trash if the paint has been solidified.  One of the easiest ways to solidify latex paint is to mix clay-based cat litter or a paint hardener (available a most home improvement stores) and leave the lid off until the paint has dried. Then, the paint can be placed at the curb with normal household trash.  Lids must be left off of the paint cans so your trash hauler can see that the paint has solidified.

Here’s a quick video demonstration showing how easy it is to dry it up and throw it out:

Oil-based paints, varnishes, stains, epoxies, and other similar chemicals cannot be disposed of with normal trash, and should be brought to one of the District’s Tox-Away Days, or taken to a private firm that will responsibly dispose of the material.  For more information about the District’s Tox-Away Days, click here.