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How do I dispose of latex paint?

The Chelan County Moderate Risk Waste Facility (MRWF) sees a lot -- A LOT -- of people bringing in latex or water-based paints. But the household hazardous waste facility doesn't take water-based paints.

That's because you can dispose of the paint safely in your residential garbage. It's easy! Spray paints and oil-based paints need to be taken to a facility such as the MRWF for safe disposal.

So how do you tell the difference between latex paint and oil-based paints?

Oil-based paints will be labeled with words and phrases such as "alkyd, cleans with solvent, flammable or combustible." If you have a small amount of oil-based paint in a can, you can take the lid off and allow the paint to dry and dispose of in your garbage can with the lid removed.

Latex paint, or water-based paint, that is solidified or dry can be safely disposed of -- with the lid removed -- in a garbage can. If there is a small amount of paint left in the can, remove the lid and let the paint dry in the can. For larger amounts, you may need to mix in cat litter, sawdust, shredded paper or paint hardener and then allow it to dry. (Watch Video)

For paint cans that are three-quarters full and are not rusty, consider donating them to a Habitat for Humanity store near you.

Last Updated: 08/24/2021 09:05 AM

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