Latex paint

Full or partially full cans/buckets

Keep the paint in its original container with the lid tightly sealed and schedule a Chemical Collection with Environmental Health & Safety.

Waste Dumpster

Waste Dumpster

Garbage dumpster

Small amounts

Use kitty litter or vermiculite to absorb the paint and then place the open container in your building’s garbage dumpster.

Empty cans/buckets

A paint can is considered “empty” when it has less than 1/2 inch of paint in it. Open the can to allow the paint to dry, and then place the open, dry container in your building’s garbage dumpster.

Oil-based paint

Avoid the use of oil-based paint. It requires the use of hazardous solvents and is not recyclable. Any leftover oil-based paint must be disposed of as hazardous waste. Keep the paint in its original container with the lid tightly sealed and schedule a Chemical Collection with Environmental Health & Safety.