Skip to main content
UW Facilities

Serving today. Preserving tomorrow.

Paint

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.

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.

Waste Dumpster

Waste Dumpster

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.