Our county, has you drop of the paint at the recycle center, combines the
leftovers into a couple of neutral shades and then offers the reconstituted
stuff to residents at no cost.
Good for painting things where you don't need a color match: outbuildings,
Our city has a website for solid waste disposal info. They say to pour
latex paint into trash bag with some crumpled newspaper, let it dry and
put in the trash (ours is all incinerated).
Your town may have a drop off for used chemicals, but the
dry-and-dispose method seems reasonable.
It is not toxic, especially when dry. The local garbage collection
service here (Boise) sponsors a toxic waste collection every 6 months
in cooperation with the state department of environmental quality.
They say to just open the can and let the paint dry, then toss in the
My garbage company wants the paint thuroghly solidified. THe kitty litter
trick is new to me. I usually just open the can and let it sit in the garage
for year. You can also go to the paint store and buy a little packet of
something that instantly hardens the paint (compared to letting it sit). My
garage walls also have about 10 coats of paint on them.
If the paint is still usable (has not froze or hardened), donate it to
one of the charities like St. Vincent De Paul, Goodwill, etc.
Someone can still use it for a small room or shed. There might even
be some kid in your neighborhood who is building a tree house and
would love a coat of paint. Always try to recycle stuff, and what is
garbage to you is a treasure to someone else. (assuming it's still
The hazardous waist collection depots in this area used to advise people to
just leave the cans open until the paint completely hardened and then they
could be disposed of without toxic consequences in landfills or incinerating
plants. Not so however with oil based paints which had to be brought to
It's only "toxic" to Tree Huggers who feel the need to run
your life. If the can is closed when you throw it out, there
is no potential harm to domestic pets (why ae they roaming
your streets in the first place?) or "neighborhood children"
(why are they picking through your trash??) and the first
potential "harm" is when the can rusts open years from now in
your trash dump. So, you poison a couple of garbage rats.
The other objection to this often comes from your municipality.
Most make a blanket list of what you can't throw in the weekly
trash, outlawing "building materials". They do this to keep
folks who would abuse it from loading the trash with lumber,
glass, pipe, etc. every week. Unfortunately, they often will
consider your paint cans as part of that mix. Sooo...do them
one at a time, stick it right in the middle of your regular
trash so it doesn't stick out, and you should be fine.
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