How To Dispose Of Latex Paint -Tips and Tricks Before Painting


Paints play a crucial role in enhancing both the interior and exterior beauty of your home. However, the same paint can be toxic if not properly handled. Disposing paint can prove to be a daunting task for most people as they don’t know the proper procedure to follow without destroying the environment and risking the health of their loved ones. On this post, you will learn how to dispose of latex paint without necessary having to visit a recycling center. Proper paint mechanism tactics will also enable you to handle the paint professionally without putting your health at risk. Latex paint is considered the most hazardous mainly because of the chemicals used in manufacturing it. These chemicals easily leak to the environment thus posing a great health danger. So, what are some of the requirements for proper disposal of latex paint?

How to Dispose of Latex Paint

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What you need to start the paint disposal process

Disposing latex paint doesn’t mean that you simply throw the unwanted paint in the trash bin. The disposal process is procedural and there are necessary tools that need to be acquired in order to conduct the process professionally. Additionally, it is not necessarily a must that you have these tools as there are other cost effective methods to dispose of latex paint. However, these are the most commonly used tools in latex paint disposal.

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    Kitty litter or commercial paint hardener
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    Buckets for mixing the litter and paint
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    Sticks for stirring the paint
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    Trash can for paint disposal

The process of latex paint disposal

Now that you have acquired the necessary tools, it is now time to get down to work. Firstly, you need to determine the amount of paint you have in store. This will enable you to determine how vigorous or easy the process will be. If you have very small amounts of paint, you can simply apply it on a cardboard or newspaper and then dispose that newspaper/cardboard in the garbage after the paint has dried.

On the other hand, if you have a lot of latex paint to dispose, the process will be different and you might be required to work harder depending on the amount of paint you want to dispose. To conduct this process, first start by adding equal amounts of the kitty litter to the latex paint in the can. However, if the amount of latex you have exceeds more than half a can, pour the paint in a bucket and then

add an equal amount of kitty litter. After adding the kitty litter into the paint, be sure to stir the cat litter into the paint until it hardens in a way that it cannot spill. Upon completion of the stirring process, allow the mixture to sit for one hour for it to completely dry. After the paint has dried up, ensure that you throw it in the garbage and remember to take the lid off. At this point, the latex paint is neither hazardous to human life nor the environment.

Alternative ways of latex paint disposal

Alternatively, if you don’t want to throw away the latex paint, you can donate it. There are various organizations where you can donate unused paint for recycling purposes. In addition, you might have a friend requiring some paint to apply on a surface in their home. Apart from throwing the dried paint in the garbage or donating, you can opt to save the paint for a rainy day.

Proper mechanisms for paint storage can see latex paint last up to 10 years without losing its quality. To store latex paint for long use a plastic wrap over the lid and hammer it down; also ensure that the paint is stored in a cool and dry environment away from sunlight. Therefore, despite the disposal method you settle for, it is important that you act consciously.

Disposing the latex paint container

There are two ways through which the latex paint container can be disposed. Firstly, there is recycling and then complete disposal of the container plus the dried paint. The type of disposal method for the container holding the latex paint will be largely determined by the amount of paint in the container. For instance, if the dried paint fills the container halfway or less, you can dispose the dried paint and recycle the can.

 On the other hand, if the latex container is almost full, then you’ll have no choice but to remove the container’s lid and dispose the container and the dried paint. In addition, if you are not able to dispose the container by yourself, you can get professional help. So, what happens if you have the opportunity to recycle the can? Well, recycling the paint container requires you to use other metals. This calls for you to visit a recycling center to get the job done. Ultimately, if you are able to recycle both the paint and the can, then that would be the best option as it will save you energy and resources.


Paint disposal has proven to be a challenge for most regions. Latex paint requires special attention during disposal since it contains harmful chemical that may leak into the ground. Various states have adopted the “take back” policy whereby customers can return the unused paint to a “take back location” set up by the paint manufacturer. Therefore, it is important that proper legal measures are put in place to ensure that latex paints are disposed in the perfect way. But before the laws are passed,

it is important that you learn how to dispose unused latex paint professionally. So, has this post been informative? If it has, then it would be prudent for you to share this information with family and friends. Latex paint disposal should no longer stress you especially now that you know what to do with that excess paint. That said, if you were wondering what it will take to dispose the latex paint without jeopardizing lives or the environment, be sure to follow these guidelines.

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