Where Do You Throw Away Old Paint?


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Leftover old paint, besides latex paint, should be disposed of through a local government's hazardous waste collection program if other alternatives to disposal are not available. Alternatives to disposal include storing the leftovers, painting something else, giving it away or using it as an absorbent.

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Latex paint is a water-based paint and has a very low level of toxicity. Local governments encourage painters to seek out alternatives prior to disposal. It is very expensive to dispose of old paint in a hazardous waste program, so many jurisdictions request that it not be disposed of this way. Dried-out paint can be used in the same capacity as kitty litter, which adds another option beyond continued normal use and storage.

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