How to Dispose of Leftover Paint
Preventing waste in the first place is the best, least expensive method of disposal. For all waste items, we recommend that you follow the disposal options in this order:
Buy only what you need and return unopened cans. If you are at the end of a job and realize you need only a small amount to finish, exchange the unopened can for a quart.
Use leftovers for second coats (especially in high traffic areas), touch-ups, painting fences, bird houses, basements, give to a friend, neighbor, or small business owner, etc., OR donate left-over paint to a community group, school, local theater group, etc.
jpC Old Latex Paints can be blended together to produce beige or gray. Oil-based paints may also be mixed together. Do not mix oil-based paint with latex paint.
Only oil based paints will be accepted at our Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events.
Latex Paint Disposal
Latex Paint is not Hazardous Waste and will Not be accepted at any Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Water-based paint is a safer substitute for oil-based paint. Latex paint should be solidified before placing it out with your curbside trash.
- Take off the paint lid, place outside, away from children and pets and allow it to harden.
- If the can is too full, using step #1, take a cardboard box, line it with a heavy-duty outdoor trash bag.
- Inside the bag, place a clay-based kitty litter, then add the paint.
- If it's still runny, add more kitty litter or shredded newspaper. Place all lids in this bag as well.
- Baggy tie and place out with your trash, box and all.
- Empty, lidless paint cans should be place out for your regular trash in a separate box.
HHW Collection Schedule
Dates and locations for all Delaware County HHW Events can be found at all municipal buildings, libraries, and on the Delaware County Recycling Website. All collections are from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, rain or shine.
Dispose of Oil-Based Paint Responsibly
Delaware, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties are working together to rid the environment of HHW. If Delaware County's dates are not convenient, you may participate in any of the above counties' collection events. For additional dates, locations and information for the above mentioned counties, visit www.delcopa.gov/recycle.
Delaware County Solid Waste Authority
1521 N. Providence Rd
Rose Tree Park - Hunt Club Media, PA 19063